Modern life can make existence a lonely challenge. Boxed into small – but fully wired – apartments, or living in suburbs where we need a car just to go for a litre of milk, we tend to live in our own little world. However, there’s a problem with this fast-tracked individualistic lifestyle, and it’s a growing health issue for communities. The problem is loneliness, which is on the increase across all age groups, and is expected to continue rising as populations across in Canada age.
And this problem is especially acute during festivals such as Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas. While many of us look forward to time with friends and family, some people dread these times. A moving, award-winning article, titled, “An Epidemic of Loneliness,” from the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, highlights the story of a young doctor working in a hospital during the run-up to Christmas, with staff …..