Loneliness: Why Is It So Prevalent and What Can Be Done?

Oct 17, 2018

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A number of recent studies point to an epidemic of loneliness in our country – with significant health and social impacts.  A recent AARP foundation report found that 35% of people over 45 are lonely.  Another report commissioned by CIGNA, found that almost half of those 18-22 years old feel lonely.  What does it mean to be lonely? How does it differ from solitude? And what can be done to help?


Jeffrey J. Aalberg, MD, family medicine, Maine Health

Jeanette Andonian, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW, associate professor, director, School of Social Work, University of Southern Maine

Lenard Kaye (by phone), professor of social work, University of Maine; director of UMaine Center on Aging

Meghan Reedy (by phone), program officer, Maine Humanities Council