It is not only sad that at times you find yourself lonely or suffering from social isolation but did you know that it is also bad for your health. Many of us feel that we cannot share our house with another person and that we are too set in our ways to have someone fussing around us. But are we doing ourselves a disservice by thinking this way?
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.https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks
Along with this, losing connection with others can lead to people feeling threatened and unable to trust others – leading to further isolation.
There are many studies that focus on social isolation, loneliness and depression in the elderly blaming the current social environment and the traditional nuclear family.
“As a result, seniors are generally more prone to loneliness and social isolation, which consequently can have adverse effects on an individual’s mental health.”
“People who are depressed and anxious cannot look after themselves well, both physically and mentally. They are unable to eat enough nutrients or maintain regular hygiene standards.
However, these physiological conditions are not felt by the elderly exclusively, but are suffered by all generations.
There are a lot of men and women who are nearing the end of the working career who are unable to obtain work due to their age and the competitive job market.
“When you lose your job, not only is your usual source of income gone, but also your personal work relationships, daily structures, and an important sense of self-purpose. Unemployment can be, and often is, a shock to your whole system. You can experience some of the same feelings and stresses that you would if you were seriously injured, going through a divorce, or mourning the loss of a loved one. You can go through some or all of the stages of grieving just as you would with any other major loss.”https://www.iwh.on.ca/summaries/issue-briefing/unemployment-and-mental-health
Live-In Carers are offering an alternative for both the elders in the community and for mature people struggling to find meaningful employment.