KSDK -- Americans are getting lonelier by the day.
According to a new survey in the November/ December issue of AARP The Magazine reveals that chronic loneliness is rising at staggering rate for Americans.
There were 3,012 people surveyed ages 45 and up, 35% of those are chronically, compared with 20% in a similar survey a decade ago. Also, the percentage of people who are lonely in their 50s nearly doubled in the past 10 years and increased almost 50% among those in their 60s.
It turns out that people in their 40s and 50s are actually lonelier than their elderly counterparts. In total, over 44 million adults over the age of 45 suffer from chronic loneliness.
Loneliness has many negative effects on one's health that include diabetes, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, weakened immune systems, and even Alzheimers.