I witnessed my grandmother experience extreme loneliness even though her house was full of company. On any given day she may have 15 guests or visitors. She didn't go a day without some company. Even though her mind was clear, she began to differentiate between types of company. Those that came often were no longer beneficial to her feelings of loneliness. I am beginning to see this in my mother who has dementia. For her, she needs constant distraction to fight the loneliness. Even when my sister who she loves and admires stayed with her, the need to go and be in public or have other company did not subside. As we plan to move mom to assisted living, one that is beautiful and active, how can we address this loneliness? Is it just depression? She insists it isn't, and that she's a happy person and can stay alone with no problem. But her actions show different. We would like to be proactive in helping her with this. She will also have company at least twice weekly. Any suggestions or insight?