Often the main problem is not medical, it is loneliness. People need someone to listen to them, and to find purpose in life. Isolation is having a deep impact on physical health and there is a significant link between loneliness and life-span.
The most common pathology is not heart disease or diabetes; it is loneliness.
Loneliness is a growing crisis, growing to an epidemic. It is one of the greatest challenges we face as a Society. Loneliness is associated with as much of a reduction in lifespan as obesity and smoking. It is as bad for you as 15 cigarettes a day.
Lonely people are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease, and depression. Blood pressure and anxiety are higher for people without supportive relationships in their lives.
People with supportive relationships have higher levels of oxytocin, the love hormone, that is important to health and wellbeing.
Over thousands of years when Humans were reliant on trust and relationships with others to secure food and safety, our physiology evolved to be connected to others: to be lonely goes against human nature.
We want to laugh, gossip, cheer, moan, Love, and play with each other. Loneliness is not a natural state of affairs. Loneliness should never be normalized or accepted as inevitable. It is not.