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Isolation and the Elderly

Isolation and the Elderly

As we get older, it is not uncommon to develop a tendency to rely solely on ourselves. Self sufficiently can soon lead to being isolated, especially among senior citizens. While relying on the help of nursing staff or family can become frustrating, it can also cause seniors to feel like a burden on others, thus creating the desire to isolate themselves. For many reasons, it is very important that senior citizens avoid isolation.
There other dangers associated with senior citizens being alone are very serious and include:
 Risk of injury. A senior citizen may suffer an injury during their time alone. This can be as minor as a cut or bruise, or as serious as a trip and fall accident. If the injury is severe, they may not be able to access a telephone to call for help.
 Risk of depression. Senior citizens are at risk of suffering from depression, especially if they isolate themselves. Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts, which will require the help of severe medical attention.
How can you help prevent or resolve the issue of senior isolation?
Provide transportation: visit often: spend quality time together: encourage worship: boost physical activety and make home a special place.