Call it a health crisis, an epidemic or something else entirely, but the facts remain the same: Loneliness is a sweeping problem. The great irony of this widespread alienation is that it persists in spite of our increasingly connected, populous world.

Our planet is home to 7.4 billion people, with the technology to join them all. And yet, many individuals experience loneliness along the age spectrum.

Related: Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger As an entrepreneur in the eldercare industry, I know seniors remain uniquely vulnerable to the ill effects of loneliness. I’ve seen the damage firsthand.

On the bright side, I believe that where there is suffering, responsibility and opportunity for better solutions will follow. And if that suffering is widespread, there’s a big market for game-changing — or potentially life-changing — ideas.

Entrepreneurs should be addressing social isolation as much as any other need. Perhaps even more so, given its ubiquity. Read more from entrepreneur.com…

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