Aging Life Care Support: Reduce the Risk of Isolation

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Fantastic article circulating on PR Web: Reduce the Risk of Isolation with Resources and Support from Aging Life Care Professionals

 

As we age, there may be barriers for elders that prohibit social activity and engagement. Spouses and friends pass away, mobility becomes more difficult, and driving is no longer a possibility. However, the loss of interaction with others can result in poorer health outcomes. According to the NIH, social isolation can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.

Some signs that an older adult is at risk of social isolation include:

  • Living alone
  • Family living at a distance
  • Poor hearing and/or vision
  • Memory loss or other cognitive problems
  • Difficulty getting around (trouble walking, unable to drive or access transportation)
  • Significant life changes such as the recent loss of a partner or moving to a new home

Fortunately, social isolation does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Some ways to make sure that older adults stay engaged are:

  • Visiting children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors
  • Participating in faith activities, services, and social events
  • Signing up for trips sponsored by local community centers
  • Volunteering at schools, hospitals, or local non-profit organizations
  • Taking classes or attending lectures at local libraries, schools, and other community venues
  • Joining a book group or social club

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