Friday June 28, 2019
According to the 2016 Census, for the first time in recorded Canadian history, one-person households ranked the most common household type, surpassing households of couples with children. This increase in solo living has raised the question of the possible impact of solo living on senior isolation and loneliness.
It is estimated that 30% of Canadian seniors are at risk of being socially isolated. This can be caused by the loss of a family member, poor health, disability, retirement, change of residence and lack of transportation.
Unfortunately senior isolation is on the rise. If you have a loved one who is a senior, here are the facts you need to know.
Factors that increase the risk of social isolation and loneliness
Risks associated with social isolation and loneliness
Benefits of social support
Social isolation prevention
If you are unable to spend time with your loved one on a regular basis, there are organizations such as Seniors for Seniors who can provide care to seniors. The senior companion drops in for an afternoon or overnight visit, depending on what the need is. The services range from personal and homemaking services, transportation, house cleaning to dropping in to play cards and keeping your loved one company. You will have peace of mind knowing that your loved one has someone to check up on them and give them the social support that they need.
Social support and being a part of a community may not be the magical cure to end senior isolation, but it is definitely an important part of your loved one’s health and well-being. Social participation among older adults is a large contributor to healthy aging. The senior in your life can live longer, healthier and happier if they have the regular social connections that they need.
I have always been so impressed by the passion and commitment of our employees. From the companions that I work with everyday in Simcoe-Muskoka, to those who looked after my Aunt in Toronto, each and every one has provided outstanding care to their clients.
Tom Johnston, Owner, Seniors For Seniors (Simcoe-Muskoka)