Study shows the effects of lonliness in seniors…

June 19th, 2012 1 Comment

A recent study questioned 1,604 people over the age of 60 how often they feel a sense of isolation or a lack of companionship. The study found:

  • 43% reported feeling lonely over a period of 6 years (from 2002 to 2008)
  • 45% of those feeling lonely were more apt to die than those with meaningful relationships with others
  • 24.8% of those feeling lonely reported diminished abilities to do activities of daily living–bathing, dressing, eating, toileting
  • 62.5% of those feeling lonely were married

Older adults just don’t want to feel “invisible” or ignored. They just want to have significant relationships. Give your older neighbors or loved ones a call or visit…consistently. Their health and well-being depend on it! And as a reminder, Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care can help provide nurturing companionship if you’re not able to be there for your loved ones consistently. Our caring Angels will help take the loneliness out!

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