Fighting Elder Loneliness

Fighting Elder Loneliness

As seniors age, they typically have two options — leave their lifelong home and live in an assisted living residence or live alone in their home.

With nine out of ten Americans over age 65 choosing to stay in their home as long as possible, it’s clear that one option is far more preferred than the other. However, aging at home can have its own unique set of problems — most notably, elder loneliness.

What is Elder Loneliness?

As driving becomes more difficult, friends and family move or pass away, and mobility begins to decline, it’s not uncommon for our once social loved ones to start living a more solitary life.

Why Is Senior Isolation Such a Problem?

Contrary to popular belief, most seniors don’t enjoy spending their days alone, watching TV. Thankfully, research over the past few decades has given us greater insight into the effects of senior isolation and loneliness.

  1. Senior isolation increases the risk of mortality. Humans will forever be a social species. When you take that socialization away, you can do severe damage to a person’s health and wellbeing. Isolated seniors are more likely to pass away early because they allow minor physical illnesses or injuries to progress over time since no one is there to encourage them to get medical care.
  2. A sedentary lifestyle can affect mental and physical health. When elders live alone, they’re more likely to spend their days idly watching TV or sitting in bed — activities (or lack thereof) that can lead to a decline in their physical and mental health.
  3. Loneliness can raise the risk of dementia. When someone goes days, months, even years without seeing new places or faces, it can cause their memory and ability to perform daily activities to deteriorate.

Do you want to become a part of our movement to help the world age comfortably and give time back to their dedicated family members? If you want to make someone’s life easier while delivering exceptional experience, reach out to our team at (808) 670-1072 or contact us online.