Staying Connected As We Age: Preventing Senior Isolation
Social isolation and loneliness are among the greatest
health and safety risks to seniors, especially for those who live alone or are
distanced from their family and friends, hometown, or religious group. It’s
vital that seniors stay connected with their loved ones and community, as this
social interaction leads to improved well-being.
Social isolation in the elderly can both cause health issues
and be indicative of underlying medical problems. Medical research has proven
negatively impacts health and healing. Social isolation in old age can lead
- Anger or aggressiveness
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Reluctance to leave the home or deviate from
- Depression (even if the person did not
experience depression in their younger years)
Isolation in Seniors
The best way to prevent loneliness in old age is to get
involved in the community and start participating again. But this can be
difficult, especially for seniors who are shy or have recently lost a partner
or spouse. Studies have shown that volunteering with children or animals,
engaging in physical activities like swimming or light walking, and continuing
education classes like art, music, and dance are ideal ways to ward off
depression and loneliness.
Using Pets to Combat
Pet therapy for seniors has become increasingly popular, as
it allows seniors to interact with pets (and their owners, too) without the
responsibility of caring for the animals. Petting a dog is scientifically
proven to eliminate stress, reduce depression, and lower blood pressure.
Seniors who love animals and no longer have pets of their own may feel a
special pride in comforting a shelter animal who may be lonely or afraid. Our
residents love that Canyon Creek offers them the unique opportunity to bring
their own pets here with them; we strongly believe it makes the transition to
senior living easier and brings our seniors immense joy. Take a look at our
recent feature about pet therapy at Canyon Creek, in addition to a story
about our beloved community pet.
When to Worry
Social isolation in the elderly may also be indicative of a
person who can no longer care for him or herself, and needs help with daily
activities like bathing, taking medicine, and eating nutritious meals. Whether
your loved one has stopped visiting friends, reduced participation in a
cherished hobby, or has stopped leaving the house, it’s time to take action to
combat loneliness in old age. Senior
living communities provide our loved ones with the opportunity to make
friends, find new pastimes to enjoy, and to form lasting social bonds.
Social Activities at
Senior living communities, like Canyon Creek, allow our
loved ones the opportunity to begin a new chapter in life, and to regain some
of the independence they lost when living alone. Our wide offering of
activities promote social interaction and instill confidence and curiosity
in our residents. Some of our residents’ favorites include our numerous group
outings, ice cream socials, exercise classes, opportunities to garden, music
events, book clubs, and holiday celebrations. Our full array
of amenities including: transportation services, 24-hour staffing, on-call
doctors and weekly housekeeping to help our residents feel like they have a new
lease on life.
If you’re worried that your loved one is experiencing
loneliness, or are just interested in learning more about our senior living community
in Cottonwood Heights, UT, please contact us today to schedule a tour.
We would love to meet you!
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