Isolation and loneliness is a serious problem for seniors
Did you know that the average cost of in-home companion care can be as much as $20 per hour? Having a companion in your home can cost nearly $80 for just four hours of care.
Too often, in-home care does not dispel the loneliness and isolation that so many seniors experience. And the costs associated with isolation and loneliness are more than financial ones. Poor health outcomes are harder to measure but no less serious.
Studies show the negative impact it has on their health
A study done at Brigham Young University showed that not having the ability to connect with others and the feelings of isolation that accompany it are comparable to “…smoking 15 cigarettes per day. It has been linked to heart disease, depression, and cognitive problems like Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
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According to Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author in Connecticut, “Isolation is the real issue we need to focus on.” While both can have negative impacts on health, isolation, he believes, is a bigger problem, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bad news is that the AARP Foundation estimates that more than 8 million adults over 50 are affected by isolation. The good news is that isolation is often a condition we can overcome.
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Make it a wonderful day
For millions of seniors, there are things they can do to connect with others and overcome isolation, from small things like interacting with other people as part of a daily routine to volunteering in their community.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a “social” person, you can benefit greatly from connecting with other people and spending some time in your day with them. Not only is it good for your health, but it can be fun, even something you learn to look forward to.
Choose to make future days wonderful and join the club. It’s not just a place to be, it could really change your quality of life.
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Mar-Bon Social Club is not a medically staffed or memory care facility. All of our members must be able to move around on their own, whether they get around independently or use a walker, wheelchair, or cane. They also have to be able to use the restroom independently and administer their own medications.