Lonelier Than Ever? Romania’s Forgotten Seniors

  • Valentina Marinescu
  • Ecaterina Balica


In recent years, Romania experienced an increase in the number of seniors from total population. At the same time, if in 2011 a percent of 14.7% of Romanians of all ages feel themselves lonely in 2015 one of two seniors declared that he or she is alone. “What are the peculiarities of Romanian seniors’ loneliness?” and “What is the connection between media and loneliness in the case of Romanian older adults?”—were the main research questions at which the present article had tried to offer an answer. The data showed that (interpersonal and mass) communication plays a key role in avoiding the loneliness of older adults. Even if the Romanian state’s institutions do nothing to solve the seniors’ problems, they find creative and innovative ways in fighting against loneliness with the help of their peers. Unfortunately, giving the demographic negative forecast one could only expect that the Romanian seniors’ loneliness to become an endemic situation in the next decades.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentina Marinescu
    • 1
  • Ecaterina Balica
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of Sociology and Social WorkUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Institute of Sociology, Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania

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