Published: Jun 13, 2017
The Importance of Fighting Isolation
As we age, it’s important to maintain physical well-being, but often times, psychological, emotional, and social health can fall by the wayside due to increased isolation. For some, this isolation can come about rather suddenly, with the passing of a loved one or close family members moving away. For others, it can be a more gradual process as the natural effects of aging begin to take hold.
Scientific and health communities have, for many years, viewed isolation as detrimental to the overall wellbeing of older adults. Studies continually suggest that those who are chronically isolated tend to have a higher frequency of health-related issues – while, conversely, socialization efforts can lead to healthier, more fulfilling lives. In fact, the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) – an international collaborative of AARP – recently released a report which includes a consensus statement indicating that social engagement helps “thinking skills and slows cognitive decline later in life.”
Other research studies suggest even more benefits of socialization, including:
Maintaining Social Wellness
As mentioned, there are several ways in which isolation can exist in the lives of older adults, and – depending on the situation – it may take some work to get back to a happier, healthier state of mind. If you have an aging loved one experiencing the effects of isolation, here are some ways that they can maintain positive wellbeing through socialization.
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
When your aging loved one needs companionship and socialization, he or she can count on Comfort Keepers®’ trusted caregivers. As part of our service offering, our caregivers can also provide everything from meal preparation to dependable transportation. Call your local Comfort Keepers’ office to learn even more about our services.
Simple Most. “The 6 Health Benefits of Being Social” by Carina Wolff. Web. 2016.
AARP. “The Brain and Social Connectedness: GCBH Recommendations on Social Engagement and Brain Health.” Web. 2016.
Psychology Today. “The Health Benefits of Socializing” by Angela K. Troyer Ph.D., C.Psych. Web. 2017.
Everyday Health. “10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Mental Health and Well-Being” by Diana Rodriguez. Web. 2016