Lonely Senior citizens

As discussed in the publication, EXPAND YOUR CIRCLES by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, there are many negative health effects of isolation and loneliness as your senior ages.

When seniors live alone and lose touch with their social life, they are more likely to have higher rate of:

  • Chronic health conditions such as heart disease
  • A weakened immune system
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Admission to nursing homes
  • And death

“Social Disconnectedness, Perceived Isolation and Health among Older Adults, Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2009)

Ways to Keep Seniors Social and Happy

If your senior seems to have little social connections, you may want to make suggestions such as:

  • Scheduling a dinner for your senior and an old friend
  • Invite a neighbor over
  • Find an elderly club or support group for them to attend
  • Offer to take them to church
  • Take them to events popular amongst other seniors such as bingo

Even if your senior needs little help at home, Family Bridges’ caregivers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Kentucky can also provide social support. Having a caregiver on-site is one way to prevent isolation and keep them socially engaged. Contact us today at (888) 900-0048 or through our online form to discuss how you would like our caregivers to provide social support.

Mike Garfunkel
About Mike Garfunkel
Mike is currently the administrator for Family Bridges, which is a Cincinnati home care agency with additional offices in Dayton and Northern Kentucky. He is fully dedicated to providing the best home care services for the elderly.