Combatting isolation and loneliness

Solitude is a state of mind that can be positive, when it’s desired, but when it turns into isolation and loneliness, it can become unbearable. Unfortunately, many seniors reach this point and don’t know what to do about it.

Combatting isolation is vital, as it can have a negative impact on the lives of seniors, including increased anxiety, depression, food and sleep disorders, suicidal thoughts, and an increased risk of developing a chronic illness.

Isolation has many causes. When a spouse dies, the surviving partner often isolates him or herself for fear of becoming a burden to their families. A change in living accommodations can also lead to a similar reaction.

To counter this type of situation, family members and friends should take concrete action. Both regular and unplanned visits and telephone conversations help to break isolation. Talking about day-today happenings and asking how the senior is getting on can do a world of good.

Organizing family dinners where the different generations can spend time together is another solution. Seniors appreciate the company of children as well as that of adults. It is also advisable to encourage seniors to register for activities that allow them to mix with people of their own age, such as bridge, dancing, or gentle exercise classes. Weekly activities will ensure they have more active social lives.

Pet therapy is another solution. The presence of an animal in the life of a senior is an ideal complement to human contact. Whether it’s a new pet of their own, or visits from family members’ pets, a little cuddle now and then can bring a lot of sunshine into a senior’s life.

When you join the Chateau Glengarry big family, never feel isolation or loneliness as you will have so many new friends!

Chateau Glengarry offers relaxed, safe, AFFORDABLE and comfortable retirement living and respite care in a beautiful setting in Eastern Ontario. For more information or to book a tour, call Diane at 613-525-4440 or email: manager@chateauglengarry.cominfo@chateauglengarry.ca.

 

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