Health risks associated with isolation and loneliness
As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the health risks associated with isolation and loneliness have come to light. Annie Dillard, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, once wrote that, “The surest sign of age is loneliness.” There are many reasons that seniors might find themselves in a lonely or isolated situation. As people age, close friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family members pass away. Medical and health issues often necessitate people to re-locate to a nursing home or an assisted living facility (ALF). Either of these lifestyle changes can lead to isolation and associated problems for seniors. Declining physical and mental health have been linked to loneliness and isolation. It is also believed that loneliness can lead to declining cognition and eventually dementia.
OurSeniors.org wants to help solve this problem. By volunteering to provide visitation, comfort and love, OurSeniors.org can help to solve this problem. A social visit from a volunteer has the power to change a day of despair into a day of delight.