Loneliness: Unrecognized and Growing

Did you know that an increasing amount of research is showing that loneliness is as physically dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? The simple phenomenon of being persistently lonely contributes to cognitive decline, including a more rapid advance of Alzheimer's disease. Many of our seniors and others are literally dying out of despair and the inability to fill the hole of loneliness that millions of Americans are experiencing today. The signs and symptoms are everywhere. While we used to fill our imaginations with much the same thing back in the 1950s and 60s, such as, "I Love Lucy," when 70 percent of TVs were tuned into that and other similar sitcoms, today 93 percent of Americans

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