Seniors and loneliness series: Reducing loneliness with retirement living

Bojana NedicHealth & WellnessJanuary 05, 2018
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In this 4-part series on seniors and loneliness, we helped you figure out if your aging loved one is lonely, causes of loneliness in seniors, the negative effects of loneliness and we’re wrapping up with the role retirement communities play in reducing loneliness.


In his book, The Compound Effect, productivity expert Darren Hardy says, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”


What if loneliness is built into your—or your aging parents’—daily routine? For many seniors, it is: few visitors, infrequent trips out of the house, recurring thoughts about the friends who passed away and how hard it is to find and make new friends. 


No one intends to create a daily routine where loneliness thrives, but this can become the default position due to increasing isolation and loss many seniors experience.


If you’re lonely—or worried that your aging parent is—we want to encourage you to consider a retirement community because the daily routine at a typical retirement home hinders loneliness.


Discover the built-in social system at retirement homes

Seniors feel lonely because they’re alone, they experience loss and they don’t have enough meaningful connections with other people. Retirement homes have a built-in social system so it’s easy for seniors to spend time with other people every single day—which is how meaningful connections develop. And meaningful connection is a powerful antidote to loneliness.   


4 loneliness-fighting systems built into retirement living:

  1. Eating together—Breaking bread with people you like is a simple yet pleasurable experience available multiple times a day at a retirement home.
  2. Having fun together—Regular social activities mean more opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with new friends.
  3. Transportation—Many retirement homes will help you get where you need to go so not having a car or licence doesn’t mean staying at home all the time!
  4. Medical and personal care—Many retirement homes offer multiple levels of care so whatever you need comes to you.


While it’s easy to appreciate the practical benefits of living in a retirement community—no lawn to mow, fewer bills to pay—for many seniors, the biggest benefit of all is the built-in community that comes with retirement living.


Seniors are susceptible to loneliness but it’s not inevitable.


If you or your loved one are feeling lonely more often than you’d like, why not investigate retirement homes in the community of your choice?


Start your retirement home search at Pearl’s Choice and see how retirement living can help reduce isolation, increase meaningful connections and alleviate the negative effects of loneliness.

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