In recent years, there has been a lot of attention paid to what some people are calling a “loneliness epidemic.” There is great concern over older adults feeling lonely and being socially isolated. While that certainly is an important issue facing seniors, two new studies indicate that seniors today may not feel any lonelier than seniors felt in the past. In fact, they may be a bit less lonely because they have more control over their lives than older adults did in the past.
What the Studies Say
Both of the studies appeared in the journal Psychology and Aging. One of the studies was American and the other was Dutch, so results came from different parts of the world. The study conducted by researchers in the United States involved data collected from baby boomers and the generation before them. They used a questionnaire that asked about health and social circles. Respondents were also asked about loneliness. The first participants took the survey in 2005. Ten years later, baby boomers took it. The results show that baby boomers don’t feel any lonelier than the generation before them.
The Dutch study showed similar results. The study included information gathered using surveys completed by people born between 1908 and 1957. The study actually found that today’s older adults were less likely to report feeling lonely than those born earlier. The results of the study indicated that certain factors significantly influenced whether seniors felt lonely, such as being self-sufficient and having a feeling of control over their lives.
How Senior Care Makes Older Adults Less Lonely
Experts are quick to point out that there is a big difference between being alone and feeling lonely. Older adults who live alone do not have to feel lonely. There are plenty of ways for them to be involved with others and senior care can help. Some of the ways senior care can reduce loneliness in older adults are:
- Senior care offers regular companionship through scheduled visits.
- Older adults who cannot drive can use senior care for transportation to social events.
- Senior care can assist older adults to entertain friends at home by cleaning the house and helping with food preparation.
- Elderly people who enjoy helping others can find volunteer opportunities that senior care providers can drive them to. Senior care can even assist them to find volunteer opportunities.
While loneliness is certainly an important problem in older adults, it’s heartening to know that your aging relative does not have to be lonely. Hiring senior care to help them stay active and involved can reduce loneliness and perhaps make the present generation of older adults even less lonely than those who came before them.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Sedalia, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 303-953-9924.