Mental Health

Loneliness in the Elderly

by Angie on

We are in an age where communication has reached a culminating point. A friend or family member residing on the other side of the earth can be communicated via the internet or phone in matters of seconds. Despite this advancement in technology, research shows that ours is a society, lonelier than what it used to be before. Findings from studies carried out on the elderly, show that this age group is the loneliest than all the other age groups.

A few findings from American studies that focused  on loneliness in the elderly are as follows:

  • Eighteen percent of senior citizens in America live lonely and 43% of senior citizens feel lonely on a regular basis.
  • There is a 45% increase in the risk of death among people aged 60 years or older who feel lonely, while isolated elders have a 59% increased risk of mental and physical decline compared to those elderly who socialize.
  • One in 7 people with Alzheimer’s disease live alone.
  • The most startling of findings was that two-thirds of older adults in America who felt lonely were either married or living with a partner.
Lonely UK

caregiver and seniorYour parent is in the hospital and will be returning home soon. You have taken the decision to be the caregiver. But, you are absolutely clueless about being a caregiver and do not know what to prepare for your parent’s arrival from the hospital. This is a familiar scenario, isn’t it?

Through the following steps, I will guide you with the necessary preparations to be taken in your home for your loved one and on tips in being their caregiver.