The Pandemic’s Toll on Senior Isolation
As our country is preparing to reopen and the stay-at-home order is starting to lift, many are looking forward to getting back to some form of normalcy. People are beginning to socialize, gathering with friends and family that they haven’t seen in months, and businesses are slowly reopening their doors. However, even though there are relaxed restrictions, seniors are highly encouraged to continue sheltering in place because of their high susceptibility of contracting the virus. Seniors are also more likely to be hospitalized because they often have comorbidities like diabetes and hypertension. This is disheartening for them to hear because the effects of social isolation can also be a serious issue for their health and well-being.
Senior Isolation and Loneliness
Social isolation and loneliness have always been a challenge for our aging population, but the pandemic has certainly magnified the two issues. According to the National Institute on Aging in 2019, “Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.” With no definite end in sight, we need to find ways to help support with extra care and attention.
The good news is – THERE IS HOPE! Companionship is an easy, effective way to avoid many of the health risks related to isolation during these unprecedented times. It is a key part of senior care, not just because it can provide assistance with daily tasks such as housekeeping or personal care, but also because it offers meaningful human connection that can greatly improve their quality of life. Companionship can also provide peace of mind for family members. As seniors age, they may begin to lose their physical or cognitive abilities, making it dangerous for them to live alone. Companionship provides families with a sense of security knowing there is someone there to help look after their loved one.
How Can Simplify Senior Help?
At Simplify Senior Living, LLC, we provide services that can ensure a better quality of life for your aging family member. Our caregivers will spend quality time with your loved ones helping them maintain the lifestyle they have come to love while adhering to the COVID safety guidelines. We can engage in activities like reading books, taking walks, gardening, playing games, or even just having heartfelt conversations. Our goal is to keep older adults living independently, in the comfort of their own home.