Millions of older Australians will be alone this Christmas, especially those who live in aged care facilities. However, the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt has launched a national campaign aimed at tackling loneliness this holiday season.
According to 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, 31 per cent of Australians over 75 years of age live alone. Two separate studies were published in ScienceDaily on Monday which showed that living alone and loneliness can cause serious health problems and possibly shorten life expectancy.
Two studies, undertaken independently of each other, were published on Monday. One showed that living alone increased risk of heart disease and death. The other showed that loneliness increased risk of death and functional decline.
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