Loneliness is contagious and can cause social pain that is similar to physical pain.   These are some findings by John Cacioppo, co-author of a new book Loneliness, described in an article in The Guardian.

As providers of care for the elderly IAHSA members are well aware of the threat of loneliness.  It is particularly acute during the holiday season so reach out to your neighbors and friends, invite them to be with you and share the holiday spirit.   Everyone will benefit.