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Social Isolation Leads to Depression for Seniors

Social Isolation Leads to Depression for Seniors
As people age, they may become isolated; and that isolation can lead to depression, according to a recent post from the Straits Times. A study led by Dr. Nadee Goonawardene reveals that seniors living alone are most at risk for mental health issues like depression. The Struggle with Social Isolation Elderly people often live alone, especially after the death of a spouse. Their children may have moved away, or may be too busy with their own lives to come and visit often. That’s where social isolation begins. Seniors often struggle with physical ailments that make it difficult to get out and walk, go shopping, or catch the train to visit a friend. The 2016 Study of Isolated Seniors Dr. According to the study, those who were socially isolated spent more time napping, more time sitting in the living room, and more time indoors than the rest of the seniors in the study. Help for Seniors Living in Isolation News Feed from Adelphi Psych Medicine Clinic

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Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness – Aging Life Care Association™ Clifford Singer, MD Adjunct Professor, University of Maine Chief, Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center 268 Stillwater Avenue Bangor Maine 04402 207.973.6179 Cliff Singer is a geriatrician and psychiatrist. He lives in Orono, Maine and directs the Mood and Memory Clinic at Acadia Hospital and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program for Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He trained in general psychiatry and geriatric medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and served on the faculties of psychiatry and neurology there and at the University of Vermont before moving to Maine in 2010. Clifford Singer, MD

Elderly Social Isolation, Loneliness in COVID-19 May Lead to Cognitive Decline THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Social isolation and loneliness can increase the risk for cognitive decline in seniors, according to Carla Perissinotto, M.D., geriatrician and associate chief for geriatrics clinical programs at the University of California in San Francisco, who recently spoke with HD Live! about the current challenges facing seniors in assisted living or nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. While people are having to socially and physically distance to protect their health now, the long-term health effects of this isolation remain unknown, Perissinotto said. Being able to socialize and be physically active are both health-protective measures, and similar to the model of "use it or lose it" in regard to muscle development, a lack of social interaction can be detrimental to a person's cognitive health and even increase the risk for developing dementia over time by 50 percent, she explained. More InformationConsensus Study Report

What is social isolation? Written by: No Isolation Last updated: June 5, 2020 Social isolation is a term often used interchangeably with loneliness, but while the two are closely related, they do not necessarily mean the same thing. You can be lonely in a crowd, but you will not be socially isolated. Isolation has been defined as an objective state whereby the number of contacts a person has can be counted, whereas loneliness is a subjective experience. While the terms may have slightly different meanings, both can be painful experiences and have a harmful impact on the individual.

COVID-19 and Social Isolation Puts Elderly at Risk for Loneliness By Gary Call, MD To protect our elderly and chronically ill from COVID-19, we’ve asked this population to isolate at home. This is the best way to keep them safe. But how do we protect this population, already at high risk for loneliness, from the health risks that come with isolation? Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with increased risk for several chronic conditions, including dementia (64 percent increase), stroke (32 percent increase), and coronary artery disease (29 percent increase).

Caregiver Support Expand All | Collapse All Care Navigation More physical touchpoints for information and referral: - There are currently 8 AIC Links sited in 7 acute and community hospitals and Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) office @ Maxwell. Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it As coronavirus cases rise again, it can be hard for older adults to see any end to the need for social isolation and the loneliness that can come with it. For months now, they have been following public health advice to reduce their risk of exposure by staying home, knowing an infection can have life-threatening complications. But sheltering at home has also meant staying distant from family, friends and the places that kept them active and engaged.

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COVID-19: Ensuring the elderly don't become isolated during the outbreak SINGAPORE: Organisations that provide care and support for the elderly are stepping up outreach efforts to prevent loneliness and heightened isolation among old folks during tighter safe distancing measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect seniors – a vulnerable group at a higher risk of getting a severe infection – activities for them were already suspended earlier in March. With further distancing measures in place, the lack of social interaction and physical activity could have a negative impact on the mental and physical health of vulnerable elderly populations, said Dr Chris Tsoi a senior consultant from the department of psychological medicine at the National University Hospital (NUH). Madam Koh lives alone and has already seen reduced social interactions over the past few weeks. “No, no I don’t go out.

Solutions from Around the World: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation During COVID-19 The interventions from other countries include low-tech community-based programs, high-tech digital approaches, nurse-led care coordination models, and proactive national policies to reduce loneliness. Mobilizing Volunteers. Several countries have organized volunteer telephone support services to help connect with older adults. In Ireland, Friends of the Elderly schedules regular phone calls between older adults and trained part-time volunteers. A similar program in Canada, called Friendly Phone Program, is organized by the local Red Cross. It matches seniors with volunteers who call for weekly check-ins.

Coronavirus: Elderly hit hard by social isolation amid circuit breaker measures, Health News A needle and the television set - these two objects have been keeping 83-year-old Nellie Woo company from morning to night for the past week while she is holed up alone at home. She used to enjoy playing bingo and exercising with her elderly neighbours at the Senior Activity Centre (SAC) downstairs, as well as chatting with volunteers who visited her studio flat. Now that all activities for seniors - including home visits - have ceased due to strict circuit breaker measures, Madam Woo is feeling lonely and emotionally down.