The Risks of Senior Isolation

Senior isolation is not always thought of as a primary concern for seniors, but it should be. Studies have shown that social isolation not only presents serious emotional risks, it also has a devastating effect on seniors’ physical health. For these reasons, it’s important that anyone charged with the care of an aging parent or relative does their best to ensure frequent social interaction and engagement. Senior isolation has been shown to increase the risk

Ask a Doctor: Talking About Isolation and Loneliness

Social isolation is a serious problem with older adults that is expected to increase. There are many reasons we become isolated as we age, including loss of a loved one; health challenges like low vision, hearing impairment, limited mobility; and external barriers such as lack of transportation. Dr. Elise Reinhard discusses why your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is a good person to tell about feelings of isolation and loneliness. Why should I tell my PCP

Caregiving Syndrome

According to Wikipedia “Caregiving Syndrome is a condition of exhaustion, anger, rage or guilt that results from unrelieved caring for a chronically ill dependent”. As noble and sincere our concern is for our loved one’s well-being, very rare is the caretaker that doesn’t experience one or more of the aforementioned emotion at one time or another. Also referred to as “Caregiver burnout”, the range and increased frequency of these emotions – often kept bottled up-may

Whose Peace of Mind are We Addressing?

At 74, Sarah wakes up each morning and goes through her regular routine.  Sure, her arthritis makes the first few steps painful, but she has learned how to adapt. It wasn’t too long ago that she was working full time, and before that running a house full of children.  Life has been full of the need to adapt, and Sarah has always conquered her new challenges. Jessie is Sarah’s daughter.  She lives out of town,

Stay Connected to Family and Friends

As we age, feelings of isolation and loneliness can negatively impact our health and well-being. Hearing loss can intensify the problem, starting down a path from which it is difficult to recover. Providing the ability to connect and communicate with family and friends is a powerful tool in relieving that sense of isolation. The telephone is likely viewed as the quickest and easiest way to keep in touch. If you have difficulty hearing on the

Seniors and Isolation: a growing health epidemic

Isolation is a growing health epidemic. The AARP Foundation Connect2Affect campaign states that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. When asked which they would rather give up for a week, 79% of seniors said they would rather give up watching TV than talking with their friends and family. Social interaction and connections are necessary to lead a happy, healthy life. More than 8 million adults or 1