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Health professionals who work with older adults have long believed seniors who are homebound or isolated seem to experience a greater number of health problems than those who are more active and engaged with life.
And it wasn’t just depression they were noticing. Illnesses from diabetes to cardiac disease seemed to appear more often in isolated older adults. It led researchers to tackle the issue in greater depth.
What they discovered surprised everyone. In fact, isolation is now considered to be a very serious health risk for seniors.
What Causes Isolation Among Older Adults
There are a variety of reasons seniors become isolated. The most common ones are:
The Impact of Isolation on Seniors
Research now proves isolation contributes to a variety of problems including:
Seniors who are lonely are also at higher risk for falling victim to fraud ranging from home repair scams to fake sweepstakes.
Overcoming Isolation Among Older Adults
What can adult children and family caregivers do to prevent isolation in an older family member?
Here are a few suggestions:
To learn more about how important it is to stay connected in later life, visit The Campaign to End Loneliness: Connections in Older Age.
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