Thomas Hansen

is a Research Professor of psychology, Ageing research, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Loneliness among seniors in Europe. Far higher risk in the East
La solitude des seniors en Europe : un risque bien plus élevé à l’Est

Thomas Hansen, Britt Slagsvold
LONLEY OLD MAN

Loneliness is widely perceived as a problem of old age, as part of “normal” aging. Research shows, however, that only 5 to 15% of adults aged 60–80 report frequent feelings of loneliness (Dykstra 2009). Yet this literature is based primarily on data from Western countries with advanced welfare systems.
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