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Today, nearly 29% of older adults live alone, without their partners or loved ones around. As if that wasn’t a big enough challenge, families nowadays have become smaller and are drifting farther apart, moving cities, states, and even oceans away.
As a result, older adults living away from their loved ones are quickly becoming one of the most isolated – and coincidingly, lonely – demographics among our society.
Though more attention is finally being paid to the extent of this loneliness, we’re now at a critical turning point – and we’re beginning to understand just how immense the consequences of loneliness can be on older adults’ memories, mental and physical health, and even life expectancy.
One study found that loneliness has the equivalent health impact of smoking 15 cigarettes per day, comparable to other leading mortality risk factors like alcohol or obesity. AARP also determined that health issues associated with social isolation in older adults lead to an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending.
Yet despite the momentous, alarming evidence on the consequences of loneliness, it’s still widely disregarded and stigmatized. Think about it – no one wants to admit that they’re lonely, or confront the staggering repercussions.
We firmly believe otherwise – that it’s now more critical than ever to spread awareness, and take immediate, concerted action to prevent, combat, and alleviate loneliness among older adults across the globe. Despite how arduous devising a solution for this large-scale issue might seem, there are a number of simple, feasible ways to ameliorate loneliness.
One of the most advantageous approaches is to incorporate meaningful social activities, such as companion care or social engagement groups with other like-minded individuals. Let’s take a closer look at senior companion care specifically, and explore the major benefits that it can provide, why it’s so crucial, and how to select and incorporate the right options and alternatives.