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A recent AARP Foundation online survey found that 82 percent of U.S. adults would prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with someone rather than by themselves, and nearly half (48 percent) have worried about a friend or family member feeling lonely on the holiday.

Britain appointed its first-ever minister to combat loneliness, a problem the government says affects more than 9 million people in the country who always or often feel lonely.


Social isolation also has been linked to other adverse health effects, including dementia, increased risk for hospital readmission and increased risk of falls.

Ohio County Has Resources To Help Seniors Fight Loneliness

The numbers of older people affected by loneliness and isolation are striking. According to the new AARP Foundation website Connect2Affect.