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Why Seniors Should Not Live in Solitude

November 13, 2016

 

A study conducted by the United States Census has shown that as we get older, the likelihood of us living by ourselves increases. This finding makes sense as any children we may have will grow older as well and form families of their own. And it’s possible that we may outlive or take care of an ailing spouse. If a senior becomes totally isolated for whatever his or her circumstances, the outcomes are not just limited to the sadness we feel for them. Here are some of the consequences of senior isolation:

1)   Decline in physical and mental health – Prolonged loneliness can lead to depression, which can lead to an increase in mortality. If seniors are depressed, they won’t be taking care of themselves like they should. They might not eat right, go to doctor’s appointments, or let stress get the better of them. Loneliness isn’t good for the body or mind at all.

2)   Increased risk of dementia – If seniors don’t have anyone to talk to or mentally engage him or her to keep their wits sharp, they could suffer from diminished mental capacity. The term “use it or lose it,” most certainly applies to their brain health, and if those neurons aren’t firing, as they should, they could be lost to dementia.

3)   Unhealthy behaviors – We discussed in another article how friendships help us maintain healthy habits. The lack of friendships leads to the opposite. If seniors don’t have anyone to bond with, they could turn to alcohol, smoking, or any other unhealthy behavior to try and fill that void.

 

Our senior citizens have done so much for all of us. They raised us, took care of us, taught us, and shaped us into the men and women that we are. Now it’s our turn to return the favor. At Centers Health Care, we treat all of our elderly residents like our own parents. We tend to them 24/7, so they are never alone. Learn more about our services and what we can do for your loved one at www.centershealthcare.com

 

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