In this time of COVID-19, elder loneliness has become a sad yet common occurrence. While keeping seniors isolated from others, so they don’t become sick is beneficial for their physical health, other factors must be considered. This article will go over the side effects of elder loneliness and how to reduce them.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a third of seniors live alone. This reality leaves that third more at risk to loneliness, and with the pandemic, quarantining can give rise to even more feelings of complete isolation.
Lonely elders tend to struggle with depression, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and anxiety. Loneliness also puts elders at higher risk for cognitive decline, obesity, and substance abuse.
One way to help seniors with their loneliness is to give them means to transportation. According to the National Council on Aging, about 40% of elders believe that transportation in their area is inadequate. Providing their ride to a weekly shopping trip or hair appointment gives you both something to look forward to. While it is difficult and probably wise not to travel during this time of COVID-19, there should still be some avenues for seniors to socialize. Set up an account on a device for them to visit virtually with friends and family and teach them how to use it. Another way to keep elders from becoming lonely is by providing them with a caregiver. Caregivers visit regularly, have conversations, help with household and personal activities, and spend time with elderly loved ones when family members cannot.
Volunteering can also improve one’s mood and also help to alleviate loneliness. It also improves cognitive function. Help your loved one find a place to volunteer and provide transportation if they need it. Maybe you could even volunteer together! Taking the time to listen to a loved one is always worthwhile. Your elderly loved one may not be lonely, so it is always good to ask just in case they enjoy being alone. Checking on their mental health is just as important as keeping up with their medical health.
We at Griswold Home Care of Orlando are more than happy to assist your elderly loved one with any daily or medical needs. We understand that certain simple things in life become difficult with age — that is why we refer quality trained caregivers to help your senior family members. We continue to practice our safe COVID-19 protocols. Interested? Give us a call at 407-638-8116 for more information!
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