Social isolation triggers adverse health effects in older adults.
Proven evidence published in The Journal of Primary Prevention points to the physical benefits of a healthy social life in older adults. The study was written by Nicholas R. Nicholson and titled, “A Review of Social Isolation.” It clearly indicated that social isolation and feeling of loneliness are linked to poor health consequences. Other similar studies show that loneliness contributes to a shorter life expectancy, increased risk for mortality, depression, dementia, re-hospitalization, and falls.
Older people are predominantly exposed to social isolation and loneliness because they lose friends and family due to relocation and death, older people lose mobility, and often times financial means to support a healthy social life.
Loneliness among the elderly is alarmingly common, and will increase in prevalence as the older population grows. The recent study, “A Review of Social Isolation” notes that the incidence of social isolation seniors who live at home may be as high as 43%: “With a prevalence of over 40% and the sheer number of older persons projected to increase exponentially in the near future, social isolation will likely impact the health, well-being and quality of life of numerous older person now and in the foreseeable future.”
Here are some ways that CalaCare can help your elderly remain connected to the community. We help promote social health and services that alleviate loneliness.
1) Our caregivers form real friendships with the older adults by providing light housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping trips, transporting them to and from medical appointments, entertainment and in general, checking up on them.
2) We encourage our clients to remain active in hobbies and interests, and arrange for entertainment and volunteer opportunities.
3) We pay close attention to hearing and vision problems. These can play a big part in avoiding social situations because of the difficulty in communicating. We assist our seniors in having their hearing and vision checked and treated.
4) Help with use of adaptive technologies and aids help seniors to more comfortable taking advantage of useful devices. These help seniors to be active and involved.
To learn more about CalaCare and how we can provide social activity for your loved ones, please call us at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).