loneliness

Mind the Gap: Seniors with Nowhere to Turn for Support

There was a heartbreaking story in the Washington Post this week about an elderly man in China named Han Zicheng, who tried putting himself up for adoption. His wife had died years ago, and his adult sons had moved away and rarely called or visited. This 85-year-old man thought he would try to find a [...]

By |2021-04-18T06:52:06-04:00May 14th, 2018|

Everyone Wins: Why Society Must Tap into Seniors’ Experience & Wisdom

Last week’s post on people’s fear of catching the “old disease” got me thinking about a related topic that I often discuss when I present to groups: ageism and the so-called “invisible senior.” I wrote a blog post about this issue last fall, but I also recently gave a talk at the Key5 conference in [...]

By |2021-04-18T06:54:40-04:00April 23rd, 2018|

Planning for the Future After a Spouse’s Death

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult experiences people will endure in life, requiring more psychological and behavioral adjustment than just about any other period of life transition. And there is ample research that confirms it. The Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) study, conducted out of the University [...]

By |2018-02-12T12:39:22-05:00February 12th, 2018|

The Senior Loneliness Epidemic & Solutions to “Cure” It

Isolation is the “silent killer” affecting an estimated 8 million seniors in the U.S., but it is an epidemic that often goes unnoticed and untreated, according to a panel of experts who testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging in April of this year. On average, 40 percent of seniors are impacted by the [...]

By |2017-10-31T16:29:51-04:00June 19th, 2017|
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