The United States is dealing with a loneliness epidemic. In May of 2023 the Surgeon General released an 82-page report examining and expanding on this epidemic and the risks it has on health. The report says that one-fourth of the US population over the age of 65 experiences measurable levels of loneliness and isolation that could negatively impact their health. The physical consequences of poor connection increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Across all age groups, it shows that people are spending less time with each other in person. And for our elderly electronic means of socializing is not healthy and sometimes not easy.

The CDC has also published information titled “Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions” which says that social isolation increases risk of premature death from all causes at a risk level “that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.”

For many people, it is not for lack of trying that consistent contact with family and loved ones is infrequent. Families are spread out now more than ever and distance makes connection difficult. Community engagement opportunities are also at an all-time low. Change in how society socializes is not conducive to maintaining relationships or cognitive health.

Studies also show that aging adults need more social interaction to keep their minds and body engaged, motivated, and healthy. And unfortunately, due to jobs, distance, and obligations, spending quality time is not something everyone can do as often as they want. At Inhome Advantage we engage with our clients on a social level and provide cognitive stimulation through games, activities, or discussions. Having an In-home care professional offers seniors the opportunity of connection that will lower the risk of loneliness.

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