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Lonely? Volunteering just two hours a week may help
by Lisa Rapaport
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28 July 2017
On 28 July 2017 Reuters reported:
Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, a study of recent widows suggests. Loneliness is a serious medical problem for many older adults . . . Because strong marriages, friendships, and social networks can keep loneliness at bay, researchers wanted to see if becoming more involved in the community through volunteer work might make loneliness less common for an especially vulnerable group: recent widows. They found, as expected, that feelings of loneliness were much more intense among recent widows than married people. But the recent widows who started volunteering at least two hours a week developed lower levels of loneliness on par with married people who spend similar amounts of time giving back to their communities.
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