Are You at Risk for Social Isolation?

Did you know one in six seniors faces physical, cultural or geographic barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities? Health problems, reduced mobility, loss of a driver’s license and sensory issues can make maintaining social connections more difficult.

Some seniors don’t even realize they are lonely. Feelings of sadness and isolation go unrecognized for what they are, and many never express these feelings to loved ones or caregivers.

Are you at risk?

Answer the following questions, and tally your results to see if you or someone close to you is at risk for social isolation.

Scoring

If you answered no to two or more of the questions above, you or a loved one may be at risk for isolation.

Other signs a loved one might be lonely include talking about friends and family members they haven’t seen in a while, withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed and skipping meals or not eating enough.

Next steps

Since many seniors are unaware that they are lonely, friends, family and caregivers must step in when a loved one is experiencing risk factors. Check out these tips for staying connected.

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