Elderly people visit doctors for social interaction, says study

A recent study says that elderly people visit doctors not for physical illnesses or injuries but because of loneliness.

The research showed that one in 10 elderly people who visit clinics or hospitals report feeling lonely all or most of the time.

It found that most of the elderly women patients make regular visits to the doctor to get treatment for problems like a spot on their hand or a cough and then they would end up talking with the doctors about everyday things.

Loneliness is related to depression, anxiety and can be a risk factor for increased blood pressure, heart disease, depression, memory decline and Alzheimer's disease.

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