In this 4-part series on seniors and loneliness, we’ll help you figure out if your aging loved one is lonely, causes of loneliness in seniors, the negative effects of loneliness and the role retirement communities play in reducing loneliness.
Alone vs lonely
Spending time alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely—solitude can be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. But many seniors spend more time alone than they’d like and end up feeling lonely.
But it’s not just time alone that causes loneliness in seniors (and all of us).
Loss leads to loneliness in seniors
According to the IBM Executive Report, Loneliness and the Aging Population, “Loneliness in older adults is almost always triggered by some form of loss, whether at a personal and/or societal level.”
We recommend taking an inventory of recent losses if you’re concerned about your aging parent or loved one (or yourself) being lonely. Use the lists below to get started.
Losses that can lead to loneliness in seniors:
Other causes of loneliness in seniors:
Loneliness doesn’t just feel bad, it’s bad for one’s health and vitality. Join us for part 3 of this series where we talk about the negative effects of loneliness in seniors.