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Isolation Can Be Harmful to Seniors

September 18, 2019
Senior Health

A health risk that’s not commonly discussed in America is senior isolation. It’s often hard to detect, but studies show that nearly one in four seniors are living in isolation today. Let’s take a look at why this is such a danger to aging adults and how Kenwood Care is working to eliminate its prevalence by offering superior elder care in Laurel, MD.

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Why Senior Isolation Occurs

Aging adults typically do not choose to be alone. It’s more common for them to be alone due to:

  • Living far away from siblings and children
  • Spouses and friends passing away
  • Decrease in ability to be physically and mentally active
  • Divorce or not having been married
  • Fear of transferring into assisted living
  • Inability to afford assisted living

How to Detect Isolation and Loneliness in Seniors

If your loved one lives alone, do your best to visit and call them when you are able. Be on the lookout for signs of isolation, including lethargy, trouble sleeping, loss of interest in socializing or hobbies, drastic changes in appetite or weight, personal hygiene neglect, cognitive decline, increased use of tobacco/alcohol/drugs, and self-loathing.

Risks of Senior Isolation

If you see your aging loved one suffering any of these symptoms, they need your help. If left in isolation, they are at risk of:

Not getting the medical attention they need
Being more vulnerable to elder abuse
High blood pressure
Depression
Dementia
Malnutrition

Things That Alleviate Feelings of Isolation

There are many different activities that seniors can participate in that can help lessen or eliminate feelings of isolation, including:

  • Volunteering in the community
  • Taking classes on subjects or hobbies that interest them
  • Regularly video-chatting with family and/or friends
  • Group exercise programs
  • Spending time with animals
  • Finding a local, reputable senior living community to join

Looking for High-Quality Elder Care in Laurel, MD?

Kenwood Care is here to combat senior isolation by providing exceptional assisted living and elder care services to aging adults in Maryland. Our four communities in Howard County offer 24-hour care and a 2.5:1 resident-to-caregiver ratio, allowing us to attend to the needs of all of our residents at all times. We host events, offer activities, and encourage socialization and friendship among residents. We do everything we can to ensure every resident gets the proper care and, most importantly, doesn’t feel alone. Contact us today or visit us to schedule a tour of our assisted living facility in Laurel, MD.

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