The good news is that thanks to medical science we can now live longer, more productive lives. The bad news is that the longer we live, the greater the chance that we will become socially isolated. This can happen for a variety of reasons. As we grow older, our spouse may die and members of our social network pass on one at a time. Our personal health issues or problems with mobility can keep us from getting around as we once used to. Perhaps we can no longer drive and must depend on public transportation or the kindness of friends and relatives to get to where we want to go. In addition, it’s not uncommon for children to live a great distance from parents making interactions something reserved for holidays and vacations.
Unfortunately, several studies have shown a correlation between isolation in seniors and a variety of health issues including depression, memory loss, and dementia. Being isolated from others also means no one will notice or be able to help if you become ill or if a current medical problem becomes worse.
As we age, it’s important that we make a serious effort to stay socially active. We must also keep up a relationship with our older parents or loved ones. We need to be proactive about staying in touch with children, relatives, and friends for both their benefit and ours. Use your phone freely, send an e-mail, or Skype on your computer. Check out your local senior center. It will offer a variety of classes and social groups you can become involved with. It’s a chance to make new friends and develop new interests. If you are caring for a loved one, it’s particularly important to make time for yourself. Don’t build your entire life around the care you give or you will isolate yourself from all the people and activities that can help de-stress your life. What have you done to keep yourself or a loved one from being socially isolated? Share below and visit us at http://trilliumhomecare.com