Loneliness

A health problem for older adults.

People who are engaged socially tend to be healthier, even if they have complex medical conditions. Friendships can actually help you live longer.  The benefits of a social life include:

  • Speeds recovery time after illness
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Sharpens memory
  • Improves sleep quality

Perspectives on Psychological Science in 2015 concluded that a lack of social connections is as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness has also been linked to a higher risk of dementia and depression. Depression can then trigger loss of appetite, disruptions in sleep and an overall decline in health. Friends can provide mutual understanding, empathy and companionship and improve health.

Abstracted from Fallon Health. Posted 01/08/2019 by Laura Roias, LICSW  

 

Get out regularly, mix up your routine and join in

 

  • MV Center for Living’s Supportive Day Program
  • Join a Support Group
  • Go to Programs at your Council on Aging
  • Attend Programs at your Local Library
  • Volunteer
  • Participate in a support group
  • Attend a memory café