Old Age and Loneliness: What to Do?
Elderly people might start losing social connections over time. Several studies have been conducted studying the impact of loneliness on them.
The Impact of Loneliness
Studies say that there is a direct and significant relationship between depression and loneliness in the elderly. Some results of this depression are:
- Carelessness in taking medicines
- Lack of motivation
- Increased fall risk
- Thoughts of suicide, etc.
What to Do?
To avoid increasing feelings of loneliness, you can:
- Invite friends over for tea. Often, neighbours and friends will not only accept the invitation, but also appreciate it.
- One of the benefits of living in the modern age is the availability of video calls. Schedule regular phone and video calls with family and friends if they do not live with or near you.
- Smile more, and at every moment you get a chance.
- Write a diary. You can write it outdoors, such as at a local coffee shop or library.
- Instead of waiting for people to come and see you, you can go out and visit them. There are also several social groups you can join and take an active part in their meetings.
- Volunteer for a not-for-profit organization to meet new people and make meaningful connections over the act of helping people in need.
If the feelings of loneliness persist, tell a loved one. They will eagerly change their schedule and help you change yours to find a positive solution to the problem.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.
- US National Library of Medicine, ‘Loneliness, depression and sociability in old age’, official website (accessed on 13th June, 2020)
- US National Library of Medicine, ‘Old Age and Loneliness’, official website (accessed on 13th June, 2020)
- National Health Service, ‘Loneliness in older people’, official NHS website (accessed on 13th June, 2020)