With well over 325 million people living in the U.S. alone, it’s not easy to think that loneliness could be so common. Nonetheless, over 50% of the elderly live alone, and more than a million of them are estimated to be chronically lonely. In reality, nearly 50% of seniors researched reported that their most common resource for companionship is the television.
Loneliness can result in severe health concerns as well, reported to have as significant an impact as cigarette smoking and being overweight, and can cause depression, high blood pressure, dementia, and an earlier mortality rate than others who happen to be socially connected.
What can you do to ensure your senior loved ones steer clear of settling into isolation? The Campaign to End Loneliness advises using the following measurement tool. Check in with the seniors in your life to gauge their responses to these three statements:
- I am content with my friendships and relationships.
- I have plenty of people I feel comfortable asking for assistance whenever needed.
- My relationships are as satisfying as I would want them to be.
If loneliness is a concern for a loved one in your life, there are a lot of actions you can take that can help:
- Check with your senior loved one’s next-door neighbors, close friends, and people in his/her religious organization to try and coordinate weekly visits.
- Make the most of technology, including Facetime and Skype, to allow the senior to be connected remotely.
- Explore available activities and courses for older adults at the nearby community college, senior center, and fitness center.
It is also essential to eliminate clinical depression or additional health problems as the underlying reason behind your loved one’s loneliness. A senior who’s isolating herself/himself on account of mental or physical issues requires experienced healthcare services to address the difficulty and receive relevant treatment.
One of the most effective strategies to decrease loneliness in older adults is through engaging the services of Atlanta Home Care Partners. Our caregiving companions spend quality time with older adults through:
- Cheerful discussions
- Engaging in fulfilling activities such as playing games, cards, exercise, hobbies, and favorite pursuits
- Sharing meals with each other
- Providing the transportation and accompaniment necessary to help seniors stay involved in the community around them
- And much more
Contact us online or call 404.228.0103 to learn about top-rated in home care in Atlanta. Our goal is to help ensure that your senior loved one is socially active and experiencing life to the fullest!