Nearly one-fifth of seniors live alone and over 40 percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Loneliness affects those who are married or living with partners too. Studies show that loneliness has been linked to health problems like stress, high blood pressure and depression. But, the unspoken stigma often makes it taboo to address.
How can society help reduce loneliness? What can practitioners and experts do to encourage those living alone or lacking family ties to create new connections? The Atlantic convened key experts for a conversation on how to combat the loneliness epidemic in America.