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Getting Older Brings Isolation For The Elderly

Elderly people retire, move away to new communities and socializing becomes less likely in their older years. It also becomes harder for them to remain active, and both are beneficial to their mental and physical health. Approximately 18% of U.S. adults live alone and at least 43% can report some loneliness on a regular basis. Elderly isolation is a serious risk to older adults.

Understanding elderly isolation and ways to combat it can provide your elderly loved ones with the keys to enjoy their golden years and provide caregivers with peace-of-mind. According to Forbes, older adults that are socially isolated are likely to be sicker and die sooner than those that remain socially active. Based on a recent study, Medicare spends over $6.7 million per year on the elderly that lack social contact with others.

It is important to note that feeling lonely can lead to quicker cognitive decline and poor cognitive fulfillment. Evidence shows that social isolation is a risk for dementia and it may increase depression, heart disease and hypertension. If you have an aging loved one, preventing isolation should be at the forefront of your thoughts on their well-being. The great news is that taking steps to keep them engaged and connected can go a long way in reducing the risk of loneliness and health decline.

  • Research community resources to see what is available in your area.
  • Researching activities that will spark their interest and increase socialization.
  • Check-in frequently and encourage other family members to develop a schedule to make contact regularly.
  • For those that are tech savvy, teach them simple social media platforms that they can use to communicate with other family members and their friends.
  • A must is reviewing safety procedures to avoid falling victim to phone scams, identity theft and mail fraud.

There are many exciting activities and hobbies for seniors both independent and as part of a daily adult care program. For those that are more active and can manage a vibrant life, try one of these activities:

  • Dancing
  • Take a class
  • Add a hobby like jewelry making, photography or gourmet cooking
  • Learn to pay an instrument

For those that require assistance and may need daily supervision, there are adult day care centers that can provide a fun-filled day with cognitive stimulation. Some of the activities that may be included are:

  • Music and pet therapy
  • Arts and crafts
  • Age appropriate exercises
  • Cognitive stimulation games like bowling, golf, bingo and dominoes
  • While it can be stressful making a decision to put your loved one in the care of others, think of the benefits they will reap from learning new things and feeling a sense of purpose.

Right Choice Adult Care and Activity Center provides a daily adult care program that benefits seniors with cognitive impairments and anyone that requires daily care in a group environment. With skilled caregiving for your loved one, you can enjoy the peace-of-mind that their daily needs are being met.

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