17 Mar How to Identify and Prevent Social Isolation in Seniors
Social isolation is a one of the most prevalent issues among aging adults, now more than ever. Here are some signs that you or a loved one may be experiencing the effects of social isolation, and what can be done about it.
Signs of Social Isolation:
Here are some signs of social isolation that you should not overlook.
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Diminished hygiene
- Poor eating habits
- Poor housekeeping
Reasons for Social Isolation:
Here are some reasons why people become socially isolated.
- Shrinking social circle
- Pandemic restrictions
- Living alone
- Limited access to transportation, and inability to drive
How to Become Less Isolated:
Here are some ways to lessen feelings of social isolation.
- Explore new hobbies
- Take a class
- Join a club
- Spend mealtime with others
- Become a resident at a retirement community
- Regular outings
Older adults that can stay active and socially engaged are less likely to have depression and certain illnesses. Now that you know more about the signs of isolation you can take steps to support your loved one on their journey to happiness.