Engaging loneliness in older adults by Donald R. Koepke, MDiv, BCC
Loneliness. We all experience it; we all witness it. It’s an emotional state that results from isolation—a belief that no one understands or cares. Loneliness differs from aloneness, however. To be alone just means no one else is around at the moment. To be alone with one’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs can cleanse and strengthen individuals. But to be lonely is to want people and social contact, and feel unable, in one’s estimation, to get this contact.