Pets can be help ease depression, loneliness after the death of a spouse

Florida State University researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults

Pets can be help ease depression, loneliness after the death of a spouseThe study, funded by The Gerontological Society of America and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and published in The Gerontologist, examined depressive symptoms and loneliness among people age 50 and older who experienced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. “Increasingly, there’s evidence that our social support networks are really beneficial for […]

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchers

Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggest. Researchers had primarily hoped to see choir participation yield improvements in elderly people’s thinking skills and physical fitness, but that didn’t happen. They did, however, see improvements in loneliness and interest in life among seniors in the singing groups

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life, suggest researchersThe study was conducted at 12 senior centers serving racially and ethnically diverse communities in and around San Francisco. Half of the centers were randomly selected for the choir program; the others served as a control group. Ultimately, 208 people participated in the choirs and 182 in the control group. None of them had been […]

Listening to music may ease cancer patients’ pain, finds study

Listening to music at home may reduce cancer patients’ pain and fatigue and ease symptoms like loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating, according to research in Taiwan

Listening to music may ease cancer patients’ pain, finds studyIn the study, breast cancer patients assigned to 30 minutes of music listening five times a week had “noticeably” reduced side effects of cancer and its treatment over 24 weeks, researchers report in the European Journal of Cancer Care. The patients said the music helped their physical and psychological well-being because it distanced them from […]

Does living alone increase mental health risk?

A new study has concluded that living alone is linked to common mental disorders. The authors have also identified the main driver of this worrying relationship

Does living alone increase mental health risk?In recent years, scientists have investigated whether living alone might be a risk factor to mental health. A new study, the results of which now appear in the journal PLOS ONE, takes a fresh look at this question. The study authors conclude that there is a link between living alone and common mental disorders (CMDs). […]

Teens who seek solitude may know what’s best for them

Teens who choose to spend time alone may know what’s best for them, according to new research that suggests solitude isn’t a red flag for isolation or depression

Teens who seek solitude may know what’s best for them  The key factor is choice, say researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Wilmington College: When solitude is imposed on adolescents and young adults, whether as punishment or as a result of social anxiety, it can be problematic. But chosen solitude contributes to personal growth and self-acceptance, they found. “Solitude has gotten […]

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish study

Men who lived alone had a 23 per cent increased risk for dying prematurely from any cause and a 36 per cent increased risk for cardiovascular death

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish studyDanish researchers began studying 3,346 men, average age 63, in 1985, tracking their health for 32 years. Over the period, 89 percent of the men died, 39 percent from cardiovascular diseases. The analysis, in European Heart Journal Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes, controlled for a variety of health and behavioural characteristics, including body mass […]

Loneliness: How to cope with being alone during this festive season

Though the holidays conjure up images of close-knit families and people spending time with their loved ones, this is not quite a reality for many of us. Among the possibilities, it might be that you are single, not in touch with your family, or simply cannot travel home for Christmas this year

Loneliness: How to cope with being alone during this festive seasonDealing with such scenarios, especially in a season which is all about togetherness, can be challenging. It is not surprising that many people report feeling a magnified sense of loneliness during this time of the year. “For people who feel lonely already, the holidays can be especially stressful because they’re seeing people connect and sharing […]

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds study

Fathers play a key role in helping their young daughters overcome loneliness, a new study has found. While levels of father-daughter closeness appeared to be a factor, no differences were found based on their levels of conflict

Close ties with fathers help daughters overcome loneliness, finds studyYoung girls who are trying to overcome loneliness may see significant progress with a little help from one of their parents, according to a new study. Researchers at the Ohio State University found loneliness declined faster among girls who had a closer relationship with their fathers. The study titled ‘Longitudinal associations between parent-child relationships in […]

Anupam Kher encourages people to #LoveLifeLiveLife

In order to reach out to people who are struggling with depression, yet, fail to speak up due to societal stigma. Anupam Kher has released a video, encouraging people to speak to people close to them  

Anupam Kher encourages people to #LoveLifeLiveLifeIn today’s modern fast-paced world, loneliness and depression are silently emerging as the latest epidemic plaguing urban society. No one is immune to it, and most people have experienced an episode of depression once in a lifetime. In the past celebrities, such as, Serena Williams, Ryan Reynolds, Rafael Nadal, Zaira Wasim and Deepika Padukone and […]