Alongside smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity comes another unexpected factor in premature mortality. Social isolation and loneliness pose health risks that not many know about but have been linked to the early onset of dementia as well as other illnesses and diseases. The older population above the age of 65 is especially susceptible to social isolation as they are more likely to be living alone, and have chronic illnesses that physically isolate them from others. While sometimes loneliness and social isolation may be temporary for some, for others, it is an ongoing problem. With older adults utilizing the healthcare system more than their younger counterparts, it is important for medical professionals to watch for the signs of social isolation and take action if needed. One such solution would be independent senior living. Read on to find out how independent senior living can reduce levels of loneliness and social isolation in aging adults.
Through the myriad of physical activities that senior living offers, individuals not only reduce their chances of being infected with transmissible illnesses due to an improved immune system but also have the opportunity to interact with other residents and bond over common interests and activities. Physical activity also produces hormones such as endorphins which improve one’s moods, reducing feelings of depression and loneliness. Improved moods can also mean better social capacity and ability to interact and foster important social support systems that can be extremely vital for one’s well-being. There are also one-to-one classes and therapies available for those who need more help or those who cannot exercise with others due to a weakened immune system.
Deteriorating eyesight, limited mobility, reduced strength and more can contribute to aging adults’ inability to continue driving. This can thus leave them physically and socially isolated. In retirement communities, there are complimentary transportation services that help the residents get out and interact with others outside the community. There are often trips to the mall or to restaurants so they can continue living as before, just with extra convenience. Moving into a community can help them regain a sense of place in society.
As we age, we develop more health problems and may be socially isolated from others as a result. They might not be able to interact due to limited mobility or a weakened immune system which can often be a lonely experience. However, in a retirement community, social interaction is almost always a guarantee. Not only are our trained professionals able to help keep on an eye on their health, but their friendly and warm disposition will also always mean that they will receive the social interaction that everyone needs. After all, emotional and mental health make up a big part of our health.
Time with Family
Team members of the retirement community are always happy to help our residents with any technology they need. This allows them access to see long-distance friends and family through video calls, chat with them online, and more, allowing them to feel socially fulfilled and cared for in that aspect.