When many of us think about mental health concerns, our first thoughts are anxiety and depression. However, there are many other conditions and feelings that can lead to a higher likelihood of experiencing mental health challenges. Our bodies and minds share a profound relationship, and some research has found that seniors who experience social isolation are at a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, cognitive decline, and more. How can you spot the signs of loneliness in older adults?
It isn’t easy to talk about loneliness, and many elders have trouble talking openly about mental health challenges. Make sure that your loved one knows you are there to hear about their problems, big or small, and make a concerted effort to touch base with them regularly. Encourage your loved one to schedule time with you and other family members and friends to touch base on a daily or weekly basis, whether that means a video chat or exchanging cards through snail mail. One strategy for dealing with loneliness is forming new connections and deepening existing ones. Knitting groups, social groups, activity clubs, and even exercise classes are all great places to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends. Additionally, working with the right partners, like Senior Care Lifestyle, can help you ensure that your loved one is living in the right situation for their needs, whether that means assisted living or a senior living community.
Senior Care Lifestyles specializes in connecting seniors with the right in-home care, assisted living, or senior living community to meet their needs. We have helped hundreds of clients and treat each senior as a valued member of our own family deserving our personalized attention, compassion and respect.
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