Social isolation and loneliness are common problems among older adults and are linked to several health conditions, such as depression and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social isolation is a lack of social connection, and loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact.1
Loneliness in seniors has been linked to several chronic health conditions. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social isolation & loneliness was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of heart disease and a risk of stroke increased by 32%.1 Research has shown that prolonged loneliness is associated with an increased risk of premature death, similar to smoking, alcohol consumption, and obesity.2
Caring for a senior loved one can be both rewarding and challenging. Often, the most difficult part of caregiving is knowing a loved one receives the support they need. In-home care can be a great way to provide the necessary support. Here are a few benefits our in-home caregivers can assist with:
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- . Retrieved 2022/11/22. https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html