Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
We could ask, for our study of dementia, does loneliness lead to the physical condition (Higher Cortical Amyloid Burden) that is a symptom of Alzheimer's? Or, do people with Alzheimer's grow lonely due to their decreasing ability to interact with others?
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that loneliness may be a cause as well as a result of Alzheimer's.
Loneliness is a debilitating condition. Since the majority of people with dementia are older adults, and since older adults are often isolated from society due to health issues or retirement, it stands to reason that they may deal with loneliness everyday.
The idea offered in this blog post is simple: If we know an older person who is alone a lot, let's reach out and visit. It is a simple way we can help them to be in better health.