How Social Isolation is Linked to Health & Memory Care

Loneliness is feeling alone, and more often than not, it’s associated with social isolation. According to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), 33% of adults who are 45 years old and above are suffering from loneliness. Likewise, social isolation is when someone is isolated from the rest of the crowd, which leads to loneliness. In the same research NASEM found that 25% of adults who are 65 years old and above are socially isolated. 

Loneliness and social isolation put all populations at risk, but have different implications among the aging population. 

  • Social isolation is linked to a roughly 50% increased risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions.
  • Poor social relationships increased the risk of stroke by 32%
  • Loneliness among heart failure patients was associated with the following:
    • 4x increased risk of death 
    • 68% increased risk of hospitalization
    • 57% increased risk of emergency department visits

Like any other illness and health condition, there’s a way to help older adults suffering from loneliness. Some of the possible solutions are…

  • Maintain a social calendar with mind-stimulating activities
  • Look for community events and organizations with knowledge of the unique needs of the aging population, such as those provided at care centers

At Clearday™, we understand that social life is vital in older adults. We put emphasis on their needs, especially in giving them adequate attention to avoid serious health risks later on. See how we can help here.  

By Clearday Research Team

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