Aging Quiz - Answer

The majority of older adults say that they are lonely

Answer: False - Loneliness is one of the greatest fears that people associate with old age. Yet, over two-thirds of older adults report being rarely or if ever lonely. This parallels the degree of loneliness experienced by young and middle adults.

Often, this fear of lonliness is based on the thought of losing a spouse and subsequent isolation. This fear is not based on reality for most individuals. The majority of men remarry after the loss of a spouse. Women, however, are more likely to become involved in new social relationships and friendships with other widows.

Research has also demonstrated that urban living is associated with higher levels of loneliness. Individuals within small-towns report lower levels of loneliness.

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