Some of us tend to get a little down during the holidays, but can you imagine being a senior living by yourself with no one visiting you or no one to talk to? Please make sure you visit your senior parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or neighbors especially during the holidays.
Isolation can lead to so many debilitating health problems, both physically and mentally. Isolation leaves us vulnerable and wide open for scammers because we will talk to anyone and do anything to make that person happy so they come back to us over and over again.
We ALL need social interaction in our daily lives to survive and thrive!
What are the health effects of isolation?
Some of the effects isolation and loneliness can have on a senior are high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, obesity, heart disease, cognitive decline, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and sometimes death.
What are the causes of isolation and loneliness?
The number one cause of isolation and loneliness in a senior is the death of a spouse. However, other factors play a role as well. If a senior moves away from friends and family or vice versa, this can cause them to become withdrawn and isolated. Some people become isolated when they retire or lose the ability to drive their vehicle. Losing your mobility is another big factor to become isolated and withdrawn; you may feel like an outcast or dependent on others.
Symptoms of isolation in seniors:
Lack of energy or motivation
Not sleeping well
New or worsened aches and pains
Sadness or depression
Loss of interest in socializing or hobbies
Lack of hygiene
Loss of memory
Ways to reduce isolation and loneliness:
Exercise – exercising stimulates every part of the body and keeps you moving. It has been shown to enhance your mood also, so whether you just do chair exercise or go for a walk, just keep MOVING!!
Socialization – get out and get active with other people. Meet new people, go to a social gathering with a friend or family member and meet others, anything to keep social and engaging.
Outings – if there are senior outings in your area, JOIN THEM!!
Go places, see things and get out of the house!!!
Senior activities – if you are in a community there are plenty of senior activities to keep you engaged and social. If not, find your nearest senior center and join in the senior activities they offer.
Move into an assisted, or independent living community – if you live alone and are finding it too hard being on your own or are just lonely, think about moving into an assisted or independent living community. You will have much more social interaction and there is always something going on in the communities.
If you are feeling lonely or isolated or if you notice someone is isolating themselves, please reach out for help.
There are many places and organizations that can help alleviate that feeling. The holidays are especially difficult for many people, don’t go it alone. Assisted Living Made Simple has your back! Call us today!
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