Around 140 Australian nursing-home residents have taken their own lives between 2000 and 2013, our new study shows.
Both young and old can feel like they don't belong. But loneliness is a social problem, with a social solution.
The long, dark days of winter can be a particularly lonely time for some people. But hermits, in many religious traditions, often found joy in being alone.
Older people are less lonely than we think, but more importantly loneliness is something they face all year round – not just at Christmas.
Residents may be right to fear for their lives.
Loneliness shortens our life spans and some studies suggest it's even more lethal than obesity. We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, so don't shrug off your loneliness.
Millions of American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: What are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Scammers target people who crave social contact.
Loneliness is a major cause of health problems, and many programs have aimed to alleviate it among the elderly. But it might be wise to treat loneliness at its roots, which for many is in childhood.