Aug 17, 2017 by Kristina Butler
The number of seniors in American is increasing faster than other age groups, and many of these seniors are not living the dream they had when they were younger. The glittering fantasies of exciting golden years filled with friends, parties, and travels have been replaced by a bleaker reality of loneliness and isolation. In fact, several recent studies have placed the number of older adults in the United States who are living in isolation at greater than 50 percent. Given the links between isolation, loneliness and severe health issues like depression, heart disease, and suicide, it is imperative that seniors have the resources and support needed to both avoid and combat loneliness.
One of the most effective means of avoiding both isolation and loneliness in seniors is community engagement. Seniors who are out, about, and active in their communities are exponentially less likely to be or feel isolated or lonely. Unfortunately, many seniors who would like to be active do not have the means to do so. This is where elderly in-home care comes in.
Accessible, reliable, and affordable transportation is directly tied to senior isolation. Those who have it are far less likely to be isolated; those that don't live in significant risk. Many isolated seniors do not drive and have mobility problems that limit their ability to use public transportation. Others live in areas where public transportation is not a viable option. Comfort Keepers elderly in-home care provides seniors in and around Dayton with exceptional local transportation that covers all the bases: accessible, reliable, and affordable. With this support, seniors no longer have to worry about the "how" of getting out and can start asking the more fun questions of 'when' and 'why'.
Researchers looking at the relationship between a senior's community engagement and their health and well-being discovered a link between neighborhood conditions and seniors' tendency to be socially connected and active. They found that seniors who live in upscale, safe, and relatively crime-free areas tend to spend more time in the communities than those whose neighborhood conditions are less favorable. With the physical and emotional support of elderly in-home care personnel, seniors are more likely to feel secure leaving their home, getting out into the neighborhood, or even venturing into surrounding communities.
Learning to be Internet and technologically adept also opens and widens the world of community engagement for seniors. Being able to rate the services and supports of venues they have attended make seniors a vital part of the community voice, especially as it relates to the way places cater to or accommodate their senior clientele. Technology also makes it easier for seniors to stay up to date on what is happening in their community, finding discounts, and making reservations or buying tickets. This is especially beneficial for seniors who have a hard time standing in line. Seniors who need some help with their technology skills can be assisted by Comfort Keepers elderly in-home care personnel.
In short, in the next few decades how successfully seniors are able to engage with their community is going to play an important role in the overall well-being of seniors in the United States. For more information on the many ways Comfort Keepers elderly in-home care can help your senior loved one thrive both in and out of their home, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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