Sandy Evans, ECM RN Care Manager
A recent article reminded me that over one-third of people over 65 live alone.
Many of those are in poor health and experience health problems that include anxiety and depression. You may know a relative, neighbor or friend who has lived alone for quite some time. They may seem to enjoy a day-to-day life style that says, “I’m doing ok.” Older adults that live alone are twice as likely to have to deal with heart problems and stroke at some point in their lifetime. The statistics are even higher for individuals with no children or no family support group.
When a person accepts and declares they are lonely, their basic instincts are threatened – no attachments, no belonging. This can make a person feel like they have failed. It is hard for many to ask for help. Loneliness is amplified during the holidays when family gatherings portray togetherness.
If you are enjoying your life with loved ones and friends on a daily basis, you may not have given much thought to those who live alone. Can you find the time to spend a few minutes this week with a relative or neighbor who lives alone?