How Elder Care Services Help Seniors Counter Loneliness
By now, you’ve heard that the senior population in Canada is rising at a rate that will double in the next 25 years. With this new reality will come many issues, some of which we are already having to deal with right now, and elderly home care services are near the top of that list. Finding enough resources to handle the growing senior population continues to be a challenge.
More specifically, there is one challenge that the International Federation of Aging said is, “the number one emerging issue facing seniors in Canada.” That is the issue of fighting loneliness and social inactivity.
Some Statistics on Senior Isolation
There are a few disturbing statistical trends concerning seniors. Reports have shown that seniors living in residential care are diagnosed with depression at a rate of 44% and those who do not have the social support network have a 60% greater chance of being diagnosed with dementia or experiencing cognitive decline. It’s also been proven that one of the highest suicide rates is that of senior men over the age of 80.
Causes and Effects of Loneliness in Seniors
There is no single cause to seniors feeling lonely. Rather, it’s often a combination of factors that lead to those results, and the effects are both physically and psychologically harmful.
Some of the main causes of loneliness include:
- Living alone
- Lack of family support
- Social isolation or inactivity
- Geographical isolation
- Losing a spouse
- Challenges with transportation
Loneliness can have the following effects on seniors:
- Increased likelihood of cognitive decline and even dementia
- Long-term illness
- Pessimism about the future
- High blood pressure
- Increased susceptibility to abuse
Tips for Dealing with Loneliness in Elderly Parents
There are things you can be doing right now to help combat or even prevent loneliness in your elderly parent. Below are some simple acts or gestures that go a long way in helping ignite your parent or loved one’s mind and help them avoid these negative emotions.
The caregivers at Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region understand what it takes to prevent those feelings of loneliness in seniors. Our elderly care services offer families the help they need to balance out the time requirements, and can build a strategy that works. To learn more about how Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region can help you and your family, contact us today.
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