Goodbye, Loneliness


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Even older people who are beloved by many can experience loneliness. Whether it's because their family members live far away, or are just incredibly busy, the supply of companionship can often fall far short of the demand.​

While we never like to think of older loved ones as lonely, the problem can have even more dire consequences than we might expect:

  • A study conducted by researchers at Amsterdam's Free University Medical Centre revealed that those who reported feeling lonely were 64 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not feel that way.
  • Two of five seniors who live alone have at least four warning signs of poor nutritional health.
  • According to a Harvard study loneliness or social isolation was associated with a 29 percent higher risk of coronary artery disease and a 32 percent higher risk of having a stroke.
  • Research conducted at Brigham Young University found that people over 66-years old who reported loneliness had a 30 percent increased risk of early death.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. Today, older adults have more options than ever to help combat their loneliness and live rich, full lives. Here are just a few:

  • Volunteering: This is a great way to keep older adults out and about in the community and renew their sense of purpose. In fact, seven in 10 senior volunteers say they overcome feeling isolated and depressed by volunteering, according to research published on SaluteToSeniorService.com. For seniors who are less mobile, knitting baby blankets or scarves and mittens, or writing letters to service people overseas can make their hours at home more enjoyable.
  • Get involved with a senior center: Our local senior centers offer wonderful activities and companionship for older adults. Many also provide transportation and a well-rounded meal.
  • Consider home health care: Our professional CAREGivers are available to cook, do light housekeeping and run errands or take our clients to appointments, among many other services. They are also very happy to provide friendly and positive companionship.

For more information about helping seniors combat loneliness, please contact us!

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