In the perfect world, the “Golden Years” would be satisfying and enjoyable, and for many seniors, they are. Unfortunately, in our imperfect world, some seniors live lonely, isolated lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 13 million, people, 65 and older, lived alone in 2015. While we know that living alone doesn’t always equal loneliness or isolation, we also know that social contacts decrease with age. Three common factors include:
- Death of friends and family
- Lack of mobility
New Information About the Aging Process
Scientists, researchers, and the medical community have become increasingly interested in the aging process and ways to make the “Golden Years” shine. Data regarding seniors who live alone should concern relatives and caregivers. According to research, seniors living in isolation are at a greater risk of:
- elder abuse
- long-term illness
- high blood pressure
- increased physical & emotional problems
Helping Seniors Live a Full & Satisfying Life
Caregivers and family members all share the desire to help seniors live a full and satisfying life, and being aware of the risks associated with seniors living alone is the first step in finding solutions. Connections make all the difference, but sometimes those connections are hard to find, make, or maintain.
Whether a family member or a professional caregiver fills that role, research tells us that seniors who are more physically active and maintain strong social connections avoid many of the problems associated with isolation. Depending on an individual senior’s circumstances, volunteering, taking classes, using technology, attending community events and engaging in physical activities can all reduce isolation and its effects on mental and physical health.
Contact Us About Empowering Family Caregivers
If you are concerned about a loved one who is living alone, please contact us. We empower caregivers through education and professional home care assistance. Our priority is quality of life.