Dying of loneliness a real concern for families with loved ones in long-term care

Kevin Doran
Updated: October 16, 2020 10:20 PM
Created: October 16, 2020 04:14 PM

Can a person really die of loneliness? Yes, they can, according to KSTP Medical Expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou.

"Absolutely, it's toxic and is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day," Dr. Georgiou said.


Dr. Georgiou said families worried their loved ones in assisted living or nursing homes will die of loneliness over the winter have a real concern. And, she welcomes the news that the state of Minnesota is easing visitor restrictions starting Saturday, Oct. 17.

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"I am so thrilled we're balancing the risks and benefits of keeping people in nursing homes and the elderly isolated," said Dr. Georgiou. "It's just been so difficult for everyone. People just want to be together."

To learn more about what happens inside our bodies when we're lonely that can make us sick, click on the video box above.

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