Phuong Phan
Loneliness The increase in the percentage of aging population is a challenge faced by societies worldwide. In the US, it is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 50 million individuals who are over 65 years of age. Loneliness is a problem faced by this growing elderly population that affects their wellbeing, contributing to health issues. The detrimental effects of loneliness are psychological, intellectual, as well as chronic sorrow, depression, and ultimately regrettable health effects. Among people who died of heart disease, 15% had chronic depression. Loneliness can cause depression and lead to death from cardiovascular disease. According to Oswald “It’s estimated that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation.” Most elderly are prone to loneliness at some point of their life. It is common for them to feel abandoned, tense, and self-pity. The effects of watching family members and friends  suffer from loneliness in old age is heartbreaking. My hope is to relieve this suffering and bring hope to the aging community by exterminating  loneliness. If I can address this issue the aging population will see better mental and physical health, which translates into longer happier lives and a healthier society as a whole.