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RKNet Studios Announced Cognitions Bridge Games for Senior Adults; to Fight Loneliness and Cognitive Decline, the Known Risk Factors in Early Death
Date:6/13/2013

Middletown, NJ (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

Anant Goel, CEO at RKNet Studios stated: “ Repeated episodes of disappointments or abuse in relationships may cause problems in developing new friendships and relationships. Also, rather than look for signs of acceptance from others we may be on the alert for signs of rejection. If we are afraid that others won’t accept us, we may come off as aloof or critical. Then, people become more careful around us, so a self-fulfilling prophecy or a loneliness loop develops."

Chronically lonely people- estimated at 20 percent of the population and as high as 40 percent of adults over age 65- may have problems because of the way they think about other people, said Dr. Hawkley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago.

According to a University of California, San Francisco study published in July 2012, loneliness is a risk factor for functional decline and early death in adults over age 60. More than 43 percent of the 1,604 participants reported that they often felt left out or isolated or lacked companionship. In the six-year follow-up period, more than half of the self-identified lonely people had difficulty with basic housekeeping and personal tasks. They also had a 45 percent greater risk of dying earlier than older adults who felt more connected to others.

The majority of lonely people (62.5 percent) were married or living with others- an indication that feeling lonely and being alone are not the same. “It’s not the quantity but the quality of your relationships that matters,” said Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a
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