Skype & Email – Loneliness Solution for Seniors?

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And in a  recent CBC article, author Jesse Hirsh posits that based on a 6-year Loneliness in Older Persons study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “lonely seniors were nearly 50 per cent more likely to die earlier than seniors who felt meaningfully connected with others, even after results were adjusted for factors such as depression, socioeconomic status and existing health conditions. To put that in context, that means loneliness is nearly twice as dangerous as obesity, with a mortality rate comparable to smoking.”

Sounds grim, right? But, another University of Toronto study/development may have a solution;  a new technology using platforms that don’t require both parties to communicate at the same time – InTouch – combats social isolation and loneliness via email, video messaging, etc.  –  allowing family members to appear on televisions, computers or tablets, so that regardless of availability, loved ones can stay in touch.

Read the full CBC article  here

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