Senior Isolation: Causes and Solutions
Senior isolation is one of the biggest growing issues among the elderly. It is also one of the most difficult threats to the health of America’s seniors to recognize. Isolation among seniors can result in both physical and emotional problems. According to MedicareAdvantage.com, “studies have shown that isolated seniors have an increased risk of high blood pressure, depression, dementia, malnutrition and other harmful health issues”. The caregivers at the Caring Loving Sharing caregiving agency has curated a list of causes for senior isolation and some solutions that you or your loved one could follow!
Losing a Spouse
Research has shown that losing a spouse, which does become more common as seniors age, increases an elderly’s risk of emotional and social isolation. It is common to feel lonely during this period and want to isolate one’s self.
Physical and Geographic Isolation
Many elderly individuals face physical or geographical barriers that prevent them from visiting friends and family or even, engaging with the community. This may result in seniors feeling trapped, which then can lead to feelings of depression or even alienation.
Many elderly folks are unfortunately left in an empty house with not much to do and no one to talk to. For many, volunteering can help prevent loneliness while helping the community. You or your loved one may benefit from participating in a volunteer program in the community in which they are also able to socialize with others.
Group Exercise Programs
It is shown that social isolation can lead to emotional and physical issues, but group exercise can assist you or your loved one with connecting with other people. Connections can be formed by engaging socially with peers while simultaneously improving one’s wellbeing and physical health. What better way to kill two birds with one stone!
If you or your loved one could be at risk for senior isolation, consider reaching out to the Caring Loving Sharing Caregivers. We are here to help you or your loved one with any and all needs. We will even create a personalized and unique health plan that is specific to your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation at (760) 861-1211.