According to Statistics Canada, approximately 1.4 elderly people in Canada report feeling lonely. Loneliness and isolation among Canadian seniors are growing and some are calling this a public health crisis.
Loneliness and isolation are caused by a number of factors. As we age, our social network gets smaller as friends and spouses die and adult children have their own lives to manage. It’s important to point out that for many people, this loneliness and isolation can often begin as early as in their 50s, especially in those who are widowed. And with each passing year, the number of risk factors associated with loneliness increases. Risk factors include:
Feelings of loneliness are predictors of mortality. According to various reports, social isolation increases your risk of death by an astounding 30 to 60 per cent.
Diseases that are worsened or even caused by chronic loneliness include:
Home care agencies that offer in-home health care services for seniors provide invaluable assistance to seniors at risk of or already dealing with the isolation of feelings of loneliness.
Having limited mobility or limited access to transportation to get to and from social activities and medical appointments have been identified as contributors to isolation and declining health in seniors. Our willing and able caregivers are available to help with transportation to appointments, social outings, and more.
Poor medication adherence is another identified risk factor that increases with ageing alone or with limited support. Our home health care services also include RN- supervised care, including medication management, pain management, wound care, and more.
Our caregivers are also available to provide companionship. We can schedule regular visits to assist with other in-home care services or companionship, which entail anything from someone to chat with over a cup of tea to playing cards, doing crafts, or going for a walk.
If you or an ageing loved one would like to learn more about how our friendly caregivers can help combat loneliness, stay well, and enjoy life to the fullest, give us a call.
David Porter, CPCA
Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care
Living Assistance Services offers a team of personal caregivers (PSW’S) to provide home health care, elder care, palliative care and chronic disease care all over southern Ontario.
We provide safe, trusted, compassionate senior home care where seniors want to be as they grow older–happily at home. Many home care services are available, including health/care assessments, personal care, meal prep, housekeeping and laundry, chronic disease care (Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer, Parkinson’s) and palliative care.