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Is loneliness becoming a deadly disease of modern times?
Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan died in hospital in Canada at 81 reportedly due Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a degenerative disease results into loss of balance, immobility and dementia.

He was in Canada for the last ten years getting treatment for his failing health. His fans and the Bollywood film fraternity have condoled his death and mourned the loss of the veteran actor.

Since Kader Khan died a lonely death, some actors are talking about the apathy of the film industry towards old, ailing, lonely and out-of-work colleagues. Actor Shashi Kapoor said that when Kader Khan was not working and suffering, nobody seemed concerned about him. Similar views have been expressed by Shakti Kapoor.

Though, during his last years of his life, Khan was with his son. However, the extreme isolation of elderly in urban India is becoming common. A big industry of old peoples' homes has come up for abandoned and lonely parents and grandparents. Children becoming apathetic and occasional visits or greetings too are vanishing for the old parents.

Here is what an abandoned parent expressed his woe that everybody has left me one after another, and he was one left alone. "Now, when I think about death, I fee scared," he added.

Years and years of loneliness and isolation in old age can result into dementia.  Loneliness can cause death is not only a psycho-social issue but also a medical issue. Some medical studies have proved that human beings had a better chance of surviving in social and familial groups than in isolation and struck with loneliness. In other words, loneliness has a direct physiological impact on the body including brain.

There exist evidences of loneliness  can push stress hormone, cortisol and blood pressure to dangerous levels  leading to heart attacks and brain. Humans are a learning social species and loneliness can affect the both brain and heart adversely producing unwanted effects.

"Communication, visitations, socialization, relationships and companionship are very importance to human survival and wellbeing.  Ambitions, materialism and pursuit of wealth coupled with smart technology are causing loneliness epidemic resulting in human life doom," said Jaipur based psychologist Dr Anita Srivastava.

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