Senior isolation and loneliness effects the lives of many seniors. Loneliness and isolation are problems that are often overlooked for seniors dealing with physical and mental disabilities.
Understanding how seniors become or remain isolated can be attributed to life changes such as health, mobility, death of a spouse or family member, family separation, or even losing their ability to drive.
This impacts their loneliness and they oftentimes don't reach out to friends, neighbours, loved ones or don't have anyone to talk to. This creates an even bigger challenge. It typically goes unnoticed, which can cause worsening of health conditions, harmful lifestyle choices, hazardous living situations and sometimes even death.
Loneliness and isolation are increasing with the growing senior population. It is crucial that everyone takes steps in being a part of the solution. There is a direct link with isolation associated with health and social engagement. Seniors find it difficult to leave there home because of an illness and/or mobility issue. This impacts their desire to participate in activities or social interactions. Seniors who suffer from these limitations look to other ways to cope which can such as poor diet, alcohol and substance abuse, being sedentary.
Being the solution is what we need to focus on as a community. When we know a senior that is either a friend, family or neighbour, make a point to know what their lives are like. Check in on them, enjoy a meal together, help with errands, lend an ear. This little act of kindness can have a big impact on that seniors' well-being. Knowing that they have someone to talk to or help them is a great gift.
If you know of someone that would benefit from our caring, compassionate and experienced team of caregivers please call us. 416-698-1384
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