Loneliness in the Elderly

  • Caregivers Can Be Each Other’s Best Friend

    After more than 40 years, my childhood friend and I reconnected several years ago and were amazed to find that we fell back into step after all of those years. Our common connection: caregiving.

  • Isolation and Loneliness in Caregiving

    Loneliness and caregiving often go hand-in-hand. In addition to exacting an extreme emotional toll, loneliness can carry dangerous consequences. Take these steps to feel more connected while caregiving.

  • Helping Elders Feel Less Alone

    Loneliness can affect anyone, but because of inevitable losses, some loneliness is built into the aging process. Help seniors feel less alone and decrease the debilitating effects of loneliness.

  • 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.

  • How to Engage in Self-Care While Grieving

    Grief is an inescapable part of caregiving. We mourn an aging loved one’s physical and cognitive losses as they decline and eventually mourn their death. Self-care is vital to a caregiver’s physical and mental health throughout the grieving process.

  • How to Pick a Pet for a Senior Citizen

    Animals make wonderful companions for aging individuals. Use these pointers to ensure a senior is up for pet ownership in order to match them with the perfect new furry friend.

  • 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.

  • Seniors and Sex: Elder Care Facilities Attempt to Tackle Taboos

    A healthy sex life is important for all adults, and becomes even more essential as a person gets older, but sexually active seniors aren't often offered enough educational or emotional support from the elder care facilities where they live or society in general.

  • What Happens When a Senior Can No Longer Care for Their Pet?

    Pets provide much-needed companionship to people of all ages, especially seniors. But when aging pet owners find themselves unable to care for their animals, rehoming the pet is often the best course of action.

  • 10 Common Caregiver Confessions

    Negative thoughts are a normal reaction to stressful situations. Instead of feeling guilty, caregivers must acknowledge these difficult feelings and seek out solutions to achieve a better care experience for both themselves and their care recipient.

  • Keeping Seniors Busy and Active

    If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. In some cases, there is no encouraging or convincing an elderly loved one to remain active.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Finding New Friends as I Age

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Include an Aging Family Member in Holiday Celebrations

    Seniors with limited mobility or health issues can feel isolated when everyone is gathering for the holidays. They may no longer have the mental or physical stamina to participate in some traditions, but simple adaptations can help them feel involved.

  • 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).

  • 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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