Social integration and participation of older adults in society are frequently seen as indicators of productive and healthy aging and it is widely accepted that social support has a strong protective effect on health.
However, an increasing amount of seniors may be at risk of being socially isolated or lonely, it is expected that between 2010 and 2060, the number of people aged 65 and over across Europe will grow from 17.4% to 29.5% of the total population. This may be due to a number of factors such as the increased likelihood of living alone, the death of family members or friends, retirement or poor health.
With current trends such as encouraging seniors to live longer at home or in the community, a highly mobile society and fewer children per family, the issue of social isolation takes on new importance.
A Better Understanding
A better understanding is needed of the prevalence of social isolation in older persons, its risk factors, the links between isolation and well-being, and its financial impacts for health care and social services.
Those of the elderly population who have been trained in how to use social media had heightened feelings of self-competence, engaged more in social activity, had a stronger sense of personal identity and showed improved cognitive capacity. These factors indirectly led to overall better mental health and well-being.
Utilising Home Care
Some people who feel isolated in their own homes do invest in Live-In Care or Social Care services for companionship so they can gain a little more confidence and feel less alone. It helps massively, especially when family members have died or you simply have family that lives over 100 miles away, to have a carer there to keep you occupied so you don’t feel depressed or vulnerable.
More and more elderly people are connecting to family members and friends through social media sites such as Facebook and Skype so they can keep in touch when they need a chat or they want to plan a day out. This use of technology and social platforms helps bridge the gap between distant relatives allowing them to maintain a relationship.
We here at The Great Care Company offer services that can help improve the wellbeing of people who are feeling isolated. We have a wide range of services that can help people improve the way they spend their days and offer comfort, companionship, advice and most importantly a friendly face when you need it the most.