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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.

Health Risks for Lonely Seniors

Apr 13th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In this time of social isolation due to COVID19, seniors may find themselves spending too many hours alone and lonely. To be sure, time alone does not necessarily mean one is lonely; we can be lonely in a crowd as well as just being alone. The issue is perceived loneliness, that is, if a senior feels or believes they are lonely, they are.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is an arm of the National Institute of Health (NIH), and NIA has looked at this issue for a number of years. The results of their research are troubling for many seniors; their website says thisResearch has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressureheart diseaseobesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depressioncognitive declineAlzheimer’s disease, and even death.”