How many of you have grand and/or great-grand parents? Or, how many of you have neighbors who are elderly and live alone? Did you know that the elderly suffer from social loneliness and isolation, and according to the AARP, the numbers are increasing. It’s easy to forget that elderly persons’ lives are very much static and stationary. They’re not going shopping, to the park and beach, nor are they having dinner with friends, traveling or seeing shows. Any many rarely have enough family members who visit them regularly. Have you ever stopped to consider what it’s like to not see anyone for days? Event the most reclusive, proud-to-be-a-loner person would miss seeing another human’s face after some time.
Loneliness is bad for our health in the same way that stress is. If you know an elderly person who lives alone, consider paying them a visit— a real visit, spending a few hours with them. Short, quick-stop visits (think of visiting nurses) do not count toward anything meaningful. Studies have been done that found a link between loneliness and inflammation, Altermizers, stroke, and insomnia.
Ways to help the elderly in your life or community:
Make transportation available, promote a sense of purpose, give a senior something to take care of, help them with adaptive technologies, visit and talk to neighbors and connect them with a local church or synagogue. See more here https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/help-seniors-avoid-social-isolation-8-14-2014/