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Isolation among seniors has negative side effects.


Senior Depression

Isolation can have serious negative effects on the health and well-being of seniors. According to the CDC, loneliness and social isolation are linked to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.


Isolated seniors are also more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, and are more vulnerable to elder abuse. Therefore, it is important to help seniors stay connected and engaged with their family, friends, and community.


The St. Louis Care Alliance feels strongly about the physical and emotional health of our senior community and considers isolation something that can be avoided, such as:


  • Keeping in touch: Regular phone calls, video calls, emails, letters, or cards can show that you care and provide emotional support.

  • Encouraging social activities: You can help them find opportunities to connect with other people who share their interests, hobbies, or values.

  • Offering practical help: You can assist them with tasks that may be difficult or stressful for them, such as grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, or transportation.

  • Being a good listener: Sometimes, the best way to help a senior who is isolated is to simply listen to them and show empathy.


By doing these things, you can help a senior who is isolated feel less lonely and more connected. You can also benefit from the relationship and learn from their wisdom and perspective.

 

The STLCA helps people by:


  • Providing home health care, adult day care, physical therapy, emergency alarm systems, and other health care services.

  • Assisting with senior transitions and moving, senior living and care resources, geriatric care management, and other aging-related issues.

  • Helping with real estate, insurance, veteran’s benefits, transportation, reverse mortgages, and other financial and legal matters.




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