With well over 325 million people residing in the United States alone, it is not easy to think that loneliness is so prevalent. Nevertheless over fifty percent of all the elderly live alone, and more than a million of them are believed to be chronically lonely. In fact, roughly half of seniors studied stated that their principal resource for companionship is the television.
Being lonely may lead to severe health concerns as well, reported to have as great an influence as smoking and being overweight, and can ultimately cause depression, hypertension, dementia, and an earlier mortality rate than others who happen to be socially connected.
How might you ensure your senior loved ones steer clear of sinking into isolation? The Campaign to End Loneliness advocates 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 help whenever needed.
- My relationships are as satisfying as I would like them to be.
If loneliness is a concern for a loved one in your life, there are a variety of actions you can take to help:
- Check with your senior loved one’s neighbors, friends, and people in his/her religious organization in order to plan regular visits.
- Incorporate technology, including Facetime and Skype, allowing the senior to remain connected remotely.
- Explore available activities and courses for older adults from the regional community college, senior center, and gym.
It’s also important to rule out clinical depression or any other health issues as the underlying reason behind your loved one’s loneliness. A senior who might be isolating herself/himself due to psychological or physical complications calls for experienced medical care services to fully manage the situation and receive appropriate treatment.
One of the better strategies to manage loneliness in older adults is through engaging the services of Home Sweet Home In-Home Care. Our caregiving companions spend quality time with aging parents through:
- Friendly discussions
- Engaging in fulfilling pastimes such as playing games, cards, exercise, hobbies, and favorite interests
- Sharing mealtimes with each other
- Supplying the transportation and accompaniment needed to help seniors remain active in the community around them
- And so much more
Contact us online or call us now at (269) 373-5444 for help in making sure your senior loved one is socially active and experiencing life to the fullest! Our Kalamazoo, MI dementia care and in home care services help families in communities across the state of Michigan. To view the full list of communities that we serve, visit our Service Area page.