In addition to experiencing the death of loved ones, older adults also witness the decline in their own physical health. These factors contribute to a special vulnerability toward loneliness in older adults which can lead to negative effects such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, and have also been linked to depression and anxiety. Nancy E. G. Newall of the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging and the Department of Community Health tested a theory that positive feelings can counteract the effects of loneliness. The study followed 228 older adults and monitored their health, physical activity, and outlook over the course of one year.
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