30% of older adults experience loneliness and around 5% report feeling lonely. Loneliness and social isolation negatively impact seniors' physical and mental well-being. Loneliness can cause poor cognitive function, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, weakened immune system, anxiety, and depression. So it is essential to recognize isolation symptoms and help seniors in time.
Older adults can feel lonely for a variety of reasons. It can be because of a weakened body, limited mobility, or illness. These are some ways to help reduce social isolation in older adults.
Make a schedule for day-to-day life for your senior as it gives a sense of structure or meaning.
Keep a pet as studies show that pet attachment can alleviate loneliness by providing companionship.
Facilitate opportunities for seniors to create new connections like places where they can practice their hobbies and alleviate loneliness.
Spend time with your loved ones. Make sure to take time daily to ask how they have been doing and feel.
Make sure to incorporate these tips into the life of your loved ones so that they do not feel lonely. It can get tough, especially if you have an older adult living alone most of the day. In that case, you might consider assistance from home care agencies. Silver Home Care is the right option to ensure your loved ones stay happy and healthy. Contact us today for assistance in helping out your loved ones at home.