The Signs of Loneliness in Older Adults

Older Senior Adult looking out the window.

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?

10 Signs of Loneliness to Watch for in Seniors

  1. Changes in their appetite, including eating less and showing disinterest in food and overeating 
  2. Anger, which could manifest as being more argumentative or becoming more disengaged and non-responsive in conversation 
  3. Changes to their sleep patterns and experiencing insomnia or poor-quality sleep
  4. Sudden alterations to spending or buying habits
  5. Using the internet more often 
  6. Friends passing away
  7. Changes to their living situation or the neighborhood, including friends or long-time neighbors moving away 
  8. Differences in how often they are calling or emailing you and how long you are on the phone
  9. Increased isolation at home or time spent alone in the house
  10. New or worsening mobility issues that prevent them from engaging in activities that they used to

What Can You Do to Help a Lonely Loved One?
 

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. 

Make the Right Choice with Senior Care Lifestyles
 

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.
For help, or questions please call us at 410-977-3718 or send a message through our website www.seniorcarelifestyles.com.

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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