Cities have been starting to take note of the impact of social isolation on seniors. Fortunately, a handful of them have taken action. See how here.
For decades, the government and public health organizations have raised awareness of the dangers of smoking and being overweight. The health risks tied to tobacco use and unhealthy eating have a real impact on people’s quality of life, particularly as they age.
There is another public health issue, however, that also has a negative impact on par with obesity and smoking, and that is social isolation. When people are disconnected from each other, both physical and mental health is affected.
Seniors are one demographic that can be particularly prone to isolation. This is true for many reasons, including issues of physical mobility, the fact that many seniors no longer drive, and that family members often live far away.
Fortunately, many cities are taking the initiative in addressing social isolation through programs and institutions like these:
In addition to these community programs, many seniors are taking responsibility for maintaining and creating social connections by getting involved in community organizations, religious congregations, and local politics. They are also using technology like GrandPad to stay in touch with loved ones via video chat and social networks. When everyone does their part, fixing social isolation can become an achievable goal.