Loneliness in our Eldery

By September 22, 2020Blog

In these very different times, we are being reminded to reach out to others – every day is an R U OK Day.⁠

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many older adults’ social lives on hold, leaving them at greater risk for loneliness. ⁠

Loneliness affects between 19% and 43% of adults ages 60 and older, and many adults ages 50 and over are at risk of poor health from prolonged loneliness.⁠

Research has shown that prolonged loneliness is associated with increased risk for premature death, similar to smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity. Other health consequences are also associated with loneliness, including elevated risk for heart disease and stroke, and it is associated with increased physician visits and emergency room visits.⁠

Older adults who are socially isolated or feel lonely also tend to perform worse on tests of thinking abilities, especially when required to process information rapidly. And those who feel lonely show more rapid decline in performance on these same tests over several years of follow-up testing.⁠

Can you reach out to someone today?⁠

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Ref – https://theconversation.com/the-loneliness-of-social-isolation-can-affect-your-brain-and-raise-dementia-risk-in-older-adults-141752