Loneliness is a potentially serious issue for older adults. A variety of factors can go into a senior experiencing loneliness and isolation, including moving into a new home away from a neighborhood where they lived for many years, the death of loved ones and friends, and challenges that keep them from engaging in activities like they used to.
As a family caregiver, it is important to not only understand the potential for loneliness but the risks that this can pose so that you can take steps to reduce the chances that your parent will experience loneliness and its consequences.
Some things that you should know about loneliness among older adults include:
- Approximately 35 percent of older adults report that they are lonely.
- Married seniors are less likely to be lonely than those who have never married.
- Those who have access to greater financial security are less likely to be lonely.
- 45 percent of those who have only lived in their current home for one year or less are more likely to be lonely than those who are more established in their home.
- Only 25 percent of those who report their health as being “excellent” also consider themselves lonely as opposed to 55 percent of those who report their health to be poor.
- Lonely seniors are less likely to engage in social activities such as clubs, volunteering, religious services, and spending time with friends and family, which furthers the sense of loneliness.
- Loneliness is a risk factor for depression and anxiety, both of which can have negative effects on both mental and physical health and well-being.
How can senior care help?
If your senior has recently been diagnosed with a new health challenge or condition, their needs have increased, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to supplement the care that you give, fulfill tasks that you cannot fulfill or that you or your parent are uncomfortable with you managing, and enhance your senior’s lifestyle with companionship and increased independence and autonomy.
This means that your senior can enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle and you can focus on your own well-being as well throughout your care journey with them. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation to meal preparation to assistance with activities of daily living to mobility support and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Senior Care in Kimball, MI, please contact the caring staff at Crystal Cares Home Care today. Call (810) 882-9915.
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