Isolation in Seniors and Why Socialization Is So Important for Their Overall Well-Being

Do you believe your older loved one can no longer live safely on their own? You’d like help, but don’t quite know where to turn for help.

Are you worried that your parents are becoming socially isolated? After all, socializing is essential for their well-being.

Maybe you’ve noticed that they spend more time at home and often turn down social invitations. It’s normal for older adults to enjoy some alone time, but when it becomes a constant pattern, it might be time to dig deeper. Why is this happening? Is it hard for them to get around due to physical challenges? Do they struggle to hear or remember things?

You may have heard or read on CNN.com that US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy addressed what he called an “epidemic of loneliness and isolation” in 2023. Dr. Murthy stated, “In recent years, about one-in-two adults in America reported experiencing loneliness.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control even published a report titled, “Health Risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness.” In it, they explained that loneliness and isolation in older people are tied to symptoms such as pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, shorter life span, higher risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, addiction, suicidality and self-harm, and dementia.

Social connection, like that found in senior living communities, can help.

Maybe you’ve noticed that they spend more time at home and often turn down social invitations. It’s normal for older adults to enjoy some alone time, but when it becomes a constant pattern, it might be time to dig deeper. Why is this happening? Is it hard for them to get around due to physical challenges? Do they struggle to hear or remember things?

 

Download Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living

 

You may have heard about assisted living or memory care senior living communities and are curious about what these communities can offer but are concerned about the cost. One possible solution is a move to an assisted living community that offers a shared living arrangement.

Assisted living communities are like small villages where seniors can live comfortably and safely while enjoying an active social life. Here are a few reasons why they can make life better for your aging parents:

  1. Built-in friendships: Living in an assisted living community means being surrounded by people who share similar life experiences. It’s like an instant connection! Your parents can build new friendships effortlessly, giving them a sense of belonging.
  2. Social activities galore: These communities offer a wide range of social activities, from group exercise classes to arts and crafts workshops. Your parents will have plenty of opportunities to engage with others and keep their minds and bodies active.
  3. Dining together: Meals are often served in communal dining areas. This setup encourages residents to sit down together, chat, and enjoy delicious, nutritious food. It’s a fantastic way to foster social interaction.
  4. Transportation Assistance: If mobility is a concern, assisted living communities often provide transportation services. This makes it easier for your parents to attend outings and social events outside the community.
  5. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your parents are surrounded by caring staff members who can assist them when needed can be a huge relief. It allows you to rest easy, knowing they are in good hands.

It’s all about creating a happier and healthier life for your parents. After all, life truly is better when shared!

For more information about the assisted living lifestyle that a senior living community can offer, check out our free ebook, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.

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