Not only seniors, but also young adults are often lonely

In every age of adults are frightening, often lonely, as a new study shows. Under moderate-to-severe loneliness in people aged in their late 20’s, mid-50, and the end of the 80 suffered accordingly.

Loneliness occurs, according to a new study by the University of California more frequently than expected, 76 percent of respondents felt moderately to very lonely. This is significantly more than in previous studies on results from 17 to 57 percent. Study author Professor Dr. Dilip Gesture, Director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, says: "This is remarkable, because the participants of this study do not present a high risk for moderate to severe loneliness was expected. They had no major illnesses and no major mental disorders such as depression or schizophrenia. They were generally healthy people."

Both women and men, it came in the course of life, to phases with greater loneliness, especially with the end 20, the center 50 and the end 80. At the same time the solitude of a number of negative factors is accompanied, for example, poor mental health, drug abuse, mental impairments, malnutrition, hypertension, and sleep disorders. It also showed that some of the character properties to protect seem to have feelings of Loneliness: people showed increased characteristics such as empathy, compassion, emotional control, and self-reflection, were less often lonely.

For the study of 340 adults from San Diego between 27 and 101 years who had previously participated in one of three studies on aging and mental health, were interviewed, using standardized methods. Persons with severe physical or mental illnesses and people in care facilities were excluded.