The effects of loneliness on the elderly
The effects of loneliness has a bad effect on our overall health. The conditions you can be at greater risk to include high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. People who are at greater risk of feeling alone may have experienced an unexpected death of a partner of spouse, separation from family or friends, lack of transportation and loss of mobility.
Getting involved with productive activities can help boost your mood and give you a purpose in life. At ADACare, we can help with organising social activities and support with your transport needs. We believe everyone has the right to live the life they choose, whilst improving their health and physical activities.
How to combat loneliness in the elderly
We are at greater risk to elderly boredom and loneliness due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to reconnect and not to isolate yourself, following the governments advice. Technology can become a big part of keeping connected during this time. Using Skype, zoom or social media to talk regularly with family and friends is a good way to keep up with communication.
Other ways to reduce elderly loneliness include watching a favourite film or listening to music, reminding you of the earlier times. Listening and watching beloved films can enhance interaction with your relative and bring you comfort.
Another way to combat elderly loneliness is to help your relatives find community activities. Researching local community projects and even volunteering are great activities to tackle elderly boredom and to get involved in the community.
Transportation is vital to give you frequent access to the community. It is needed to get out and about from coffee runs to shopping trips. It is a great way to increase your interactions and help you get from A to B.
Research shows pet therapy also helps with the feeling of elderly loneliness. Interacting and cuddling animals also has many other health benefits from decreasing blood pressure and lowering stress levels.
Get in contact with us today to help combat elderly boredom and loneliness. We can arrange services to help you remain independent for as long as possible.