With the implementation of a new wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, it is inevitable that feelings of loneliness may arise, particularly in seniors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly one-fourth of socially isolated seniors aged 65 and older are at risk for other health complications, including depression, cognitive decline, dementia and heart disease.
Additionally, any existing medical conditions that result in a senior having to isolate from loved ones can exacerbate the negative effects of loneliness. Due to these potential dangers, family members should look for signs that an older parent is feeling lonely.Below are three indications that your older loved one may be feeling lonely:
Fortunately, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms of loneliness in your loved one. Reaching out to your senior every so often can help reduce any feelings of loneliness.
Even if it’s just a simple conversation, being able to talk to other loved ones regularly can help your senior feel more socially engaged, reducing the effects of seclusion.
Investing time in an enjoyable activity can also help reduce feelings of isolation in your senior. Encourage your senior to rediscover an old pastime, or pursue a new hobby to alleviate their loneliness. If your senior is having trouble finding an activity to do alone, suggest a pastime that you can partake in or learn together.