Erie Seniors Who Suffer from Loneliness Are At Risk of Health Problems and Premature Death
Lack of Contact with Others is a Serious Issue Among Erie Seniors
Health Problems Associated With Senior Loneliness
Sometimes, a senior has no local network of family and friends, and feels disconnected from his or her community. Other times, a senior may withdraw into isolation as a result of health conditions, depression, or mental illness. Fear of falling can also keep a senior isolated in their home, as can fatigue, chronic pain, or shame over memory problems. As a result, older adults may be alone for days or even weeks without someone to watch over them.
Senior Loneliness Health Problems:
- Loneliness Affects Seniors’ Brains and may speed up the onset of dementia.
- Loneliness Harms Seniors’ Hearts. The Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated a proven link between loneliness and heart disease.
- Loneliness Can Mean a Shorter Lifespan for Seniors
Ways You Can Help Protect Seniors from Loneliness
- Help seniors become more social-media savvy through their use of email, news sites and sites of interest
- Provide companionship with conversation and activities such as cooking and eating together, reading aloud to the senior, playing games, scrapbooking, listening to music, or taking a walk.
- Provide transportation to seniors so they may visit family and friends, go shopping, attend events, and visit outdoor venues such as parks.
- Help a loved one find support and/or social groups at senior centers, YMCAs, places of worship ─ wherever seniors tend to gather.
- Isolation and loneliness are key signs that a senior lacks the support and tools needed to live a healthy, independent life and may be spiraling into decline.
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