Nobody likes to feel alone, but for seniors aged 65-and-over, loneliness can be a constant companion. Chronic health conditions, lack of transportation and poor mobility can all leave seniors feeling lonely, depressed and unappreciated. If those negative feelings persist, they can cause serious health problems that eventually threaten an elderly person’s independence.
Although it’s not uncommon for the grieving process to take a while, if these signs haven’t gone away after several months, your loved one’s health and wellbeing can be placed at risk. Helping an aging parent cope with the loss of a spouse should go better when using this approach.
Depression is quite common in seniors and if allowed to persist the physical and emotional toll upon their lives can be devastating. On the positive side, because depression isn’t a normal part of the aging process itself it is a very treatable condition.
If you’re currently looking after an aging in place loved one, knowing how to keep seniors socially active may not be one of your caregiving priorities. But countless studies have shown that it’s vitally important to do so to ensure that your loved one enjoys a better quality of life.
If you’re serving as a caregiver for a homebound senior, showing them how to more effectively use social media is one way to ensure a higher quality-of-life. In fact, sociologists have studied the positive impact of social media on seniors, and here’s what they found.