The Red Flags of Senior Loneliness and Isolation
Although seniors without caregivers that live on their own are more at risk of feeling alone and isolated, it’s critical that we tune into their body language, tone, behavior, and more to help get them through rough patches.
Here are some signs your loved one is suffering from loneliness and isolation:
Your client’s health may be deteriorating
A chronic illness can truly suck the life out of you, especially one that severely affects your quality of life as you age. Your client may be suffering from hearing loss, mobility issues, and many more, which contribute to feelings of a loss of independence and above all – dignity. Make sure you are attentive to their needs and ask more questions – even if it seems like they’re doing just fine.
Deep boredom and lack of interest
Many seniors can develop a lack of interest in activities they used to love due to feelings of loneliness. They may put off helping with the chores with you, or opt to nap throughout the day rather than going on your usual walk. This type of disinterest isn’t exactly normal, especially if you know them well. Make sure you address this with them and think of new ways to get them out of a funk the best you can.
Loss of loved one
There is nothing more difficult than losing something like a close friend or relative that you used to spend all of your time with. These are people that know us best. As we grow older, we will lose these individuals, and although this is a normal part of life, it can be extremely difficult to get used to. Although everyone is different, some seniors can grieve a sudden loss and even a loss that happened many years ago, for a very long time. Make sure you notice whether they’re harboring such feelings, and help them realize that they are still surrounded by people who love them and understand them.