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Facts About Senior Loneliness

Apr 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The COVID19 Pandemic offers valuable opportunity to look at social isolation and loneliness, and the effects these phenomena have on seniors. SCJ already looked at kinds and causes of social isolation, an overview of the dangers of loneliness and an overview of the health risks of senior isolation. Today we will delve more into three major effects loneliness and isolation have on senior citizen health and well being.

Scientific research on this issue goes back several decades. About ten years ago (2010), John T. Cacioppo and Louise C. Hawkley conducted research on perceived isolation (loneliness) and the effects it has on a number of health issues. They discovered “…that perceived social isolation (i.e. loneliness) is a risk factor for, and may contribute to, poorer overall cognitive performance, faster cognitive decline, poorer executive functioning, increased negativity and depressive cognition, heightened sensitivity to social threats…” The full NIH article can be found here.



WHY CLICHES DON’T CLICK

Nov 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Coming up with original thoughts, ideas and comments is not that large a challenge. Relying on cliches suggests a laziness and lack of imagination that locks the door to creativity. Having the motivation to push beyond the ordinary are exercises in welcoming wonder into our life experience. Staying within confining boundaries and refusing to allow our minds to be stirred suggests a lethargy not worthy of an exploring spirit.

Deciding to wander outside the limitations of what seem to be required confinement suggests a lack of courage, a dearth of creativity, a willingness to push beyond, a readiness to look further and an attitude of risk and chance that welcomes new possibilities.

It comes in the thoughts we choose to think, in the ideas we are comfortable in exploring,behind the doors we are



PRODUCTIVE AGING IN AMERICA

Apr 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior Citizen Journal’s(SCJ) commitment to partnering with seniors for productive aging just received a huge boost. The Aging in America conference was held over the weekend (April 1, 2012) in Washington DC. The president and CEO of AgeWave, Ken Dychtwald said, “Anyone who thinks [the boomers] will turn 65 and be the same as the generation before are missing out on the last 60 years of sociology,” he said. “The boomers change every stage of life through which they migrate.” (HuffPost, April 2, 2012)

SCJ has been writing about the influence of Baby Boomers for almost four years now. Average longevity for men and women is now pushing 90 years. Living beyond 100 is no longer unusual. Seniors today know they probably have many productive years after they retire, if they retire at all. We’re looking at a new model of senior living.



SENIORS: THE NEXT 20 YEARS

Oct 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

No matter how old you are, there is something to be said for anticipating the next 20 years. Of course, the older you are the more the percentages drop for our being around. However, even with that it is somewhat entertaining to try to project ourselves and our progeny into the future.

The next 20 years, if you are in your early 70’s, at the end of it, puts you in your 90’s, survival assumed. These days reading the obituaries suggests that more and more are living into their late 80’s and early 90’s. It is always surprising to find that even the famous, well known and wealthy, when reaching this plateau begin to face the difficulties that come with age.

What will your next two decades bring? If you are 80, looking down the barrel at 100 is always an intriguing prospect. If



Senior Living: Indifference is Not an Option

Sep 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With the rapid closing of the year, the taking of inventory of what has been accomplished is not out of the question. Ere long, we will be looking down the barrel of another year, 2011. And, with it we will stand amazed at how quickly this one has subsided into history. What was it that I was going to do that I sloughed off? How many of my many months ago goals have I reached? What am I prepared to do to evaluate what this next year, so soon to come, should be like? It is, after all, all up to me.

Idly stepping from one year to the next is not recommended. Indifference is not an option. That is a sure fire way to lose the value of the most valuable thing we enjoy, day to day living, time unspent, hours laid out before us with opportunities to be and do and find new amazing opportunities for living. Allowing oneself to be captured by other controlling factors in our lives is a destructive way to capitalize on the huge gift of a 24 hour day.