Cost of Living Blog – Loneliness, conflation and ideology

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We are told that levels of loneliness are increasing, figures from the Campaign to End Loneliness suggest that 1 in 5 people are sometimes lonely and that 1 in 10 over 65s are ‘chronically lonely’.  Further research tells us that being lonely makes people more susceptible to smoking, obesity, dementia and heart attacks, lonely people are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, and that all of this comes at a cost to the NHS.  A recent article in The Guardian goes as far as to suggest that loneliness is catching, a lonely person pushes away friends and family who in turn may become lonely … Click here to read the full blog post on the Cost of Living Website

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