May 8, 2024 – There is a big discussion brewing these days about the number of people who would rather be alone than in a relationship – and how that is going to affect people who do want to be a relationship but can’t find a partner. Regenstrief Institute, a data informatics firm, put out a press release about the new research.

In it, they said studies suggest that a majority of people 65 or older consider themselves lonely, and that fact could affect their health more than 15 cigarettes a day.

Researchers state in their article, published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society that being lonely is a “biophysical stressor.”

Nearly 53% of seniors identified in the study experienced loneliness, and their mental and physical health outcomes were much poorer than their peers – across demographics and health conditions.