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Loneliness and aging in China–a public health problem in need of solutions

  • Shulin Chen (a1), Yeates Conwell (a2) and Helen Fung Kum Chiu (a3)


Loneliness is a common, distressing feeling that results when one perceives his/her social relationships and supports as inadequate. Social connectedness refers to the relationships between the individual and his or her family, friends, community, and other supports. Neither loneliness nor social connectedness has received enough research attention, in particular with regard to older adults’ physical and mental health.



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