Police Responded To A Call, But Instead Of A Crime, They Saw A Lonely Couple Asking For Company
A recent study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, has shown that more than 40 percent of senior citizens regularly suffer from loneliness. It has become a real disease of our time. The feeling of isolation and disconnection with friends, community, and family has a negative impact on people's health. Loneliness can be as health-threatening as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
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As it turns out, loneliness increases the risk of developing different mental disorders, including dementia. At the same time, being socially active may help maintain a good health and feel happy. That's why it is very important to help seniors in combating social isolation. This story proves that it is possible.
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Someone reported hearing shouting and crying in the Appio area, Rome.
Four officers arrived at the scene, but what they saw - broke their hearts. There were no burglars or any crime committed. The officers found 94-year-old Michele and his 84-year-old wife, Jole.
Jole and Michelle were crying because they were suffering from an 'incurable loneliness' and because there is so much hate today in the news. They have been husband and wife for almost 70 years, and it's been ages since someone visited them.
While waiting for the ambulance to check in on the elderly couple, one officer went to the kitchen and prepared a plate of pasta for Jole and Michelle. Police officers documented this touching moment on their Facebook page.
That evening, the officers spent time socializing with Jole and Michelle. That day, they didn't feel that suffocating loneliness.
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