Loneliness in the Elderly Articles

  • 4 Caregiving Essentials

    Those who are caring for a loved one, including home health aides, registered nurses and social workers, witness some of the patient's most vulnerable moments. These are a few essential points professionals may see that could easily fly under the radar for family members, friends or even a routine checkup.

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  • Alone No Longer

    Isolation is an unfortunately common side effect of being a family caregiver. Youth caregivers are especially vulnerable to feeling like they are all alone in their struggle. But there are ways these caregivers can connect with and support each other

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  • Loneliness Kills

    Loneliness may be more dangerous to our health than being overweight. It increases risk of death by 14 percent. It disrupts sleep and increases inflammation. Luckily, there are things we can do about it.

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  • The Deadly Consequences of Loneliness

    What happens to your body when your social life starts to deteriorate along with your loved one's health? New research illuminates the deadly consequences of loneliness.

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  • Why We Need an 'Alzheimer’s Anonymous'

    In a society where the topic of Alzheimer's is still taboo, we may need an "Alzheimer's Anonymous" to encourage thoughtful dialogue about the disease.

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  • The Problem of Loneliness with Aging Can be Managed

    Loneliness can affect anyone, but because of inevitable losses, some loneliness is built into the aging process. The problems of loneliness with aging can be managed.

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  • I am concerned about mom being isolated now that her husband died. What should I do?

    When an elderly person who lives alone does not need nursing care or home care, but does need companionship and some kind of daily routine, adult day care may be the solution. Click to read Dr. Connolly's full answer.

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  • Why I Am Not Embarrassed by My Dementia

    Dementia is often closely associated with embarrassment and humiliation. This could be shame or self-consciousness experienced by the patient or the people around them, but cultivating honesty and openness in this difficult situation can help immensely.

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  • Alzheimers' Unexpected Gift

    When I first thought I had Alzheimer's, I was given the unexpected gift of community. My relationships with many people from the community changed profoundly (or at least my perceptions of them did).

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  • Love & Jealousy; Community & Isolation

    I've been reflecting on how Alzheimer's might affect my future--especially my relationship with my wife and loved ones.

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  • The Legend of the “Cranky Old Man”

    The “Cranky Old Man” is a touching poem about aging that has moved countless caregivers around the world to tears. But where did it really come from?

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  • Alzheimer's Diagnosis Isolates Caregivers And Seniors

    The stigma attached to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can have varied and wide-ranging effects. The fear of judgment can be so great that nearly one in four people suffering from dementia try to hide their condition for as long as possible.

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  • Combatting the Epidemic of Loneliness in Seniors

    Isolation and loss are two side effects of aging that can negatively impact one’s physical and mental health. Discover how you can help an aging loved one reengage with their surroundings and feel less lonely.

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  • Grieving for a Dying Loved One During the Holidays

    Grieving during the holidays for your elderly loved ones who are dying can make getting into the holiday spirit difficult. It is important to cope with this grief for an elderly loved one is terminally ill and still make the most of this wonderful time of the year.

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  • How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders Around the Holidays

    The holiday season is supposed to be an uplifting time of year that focuses on family and friendship, but it can be emotionally difficult for seniors who are coping with many different kinds of loss.

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  • The Healing Power of Pets for Seniors

    Owning a pet can bring elders a tremendous amount of joy and a renewed sense of purpose. No matter the type of animal, pets can have a beneficial impact on both an older adult’s mental and physical health.

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  • An 86-Year-Old Widow Rented a Pub for Christmas, You’ll Never Guess Why

    In England, an 86-year-old woman is going to incredible lengths to make sure her fellow retirees aren't alone over the holidays.

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