Archive for April 2020

Understanding Senior Loneliness

Apr 10th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Why do seniors experience loneliness? Some (perhaps most) of us consider this a ‘no brainer’. That is, it’s pretty obvious. People, seniors included, feel lonely because many of us spend so much time alone. Duh.

But let’s start peeling off the layers and see what we can discover about loneliness and it’s root cause, social isolation. We need to start from this simple explanation to accurately evaluate and understand the many facets of senior loneliness. So we begin with this fact: Senior Citizens experience social isolation and the resulting loneliness at a much higher rate than the general population. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The National Council on Aging reports that “…one in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities.”

Senior Citizens and Social Isolation

Apr 1st, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Eight years ago, a University of California San Francisco study revealed more than 40 per cent of seniors experience lonelinsss and a sense of isolation. As a result, they discovered these lonely seniors exhibited more health problems and even death.

Forty per cent is a lot of people. And now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, seniors living along experience even more isolation than before the virus began spreading. We are ordered to stay home by local and state governments. We can’t go out and mix with people. We can’t see friends and family. We can only stay home. Alone.