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Sunrise Senior Living Blog

Sunrise Senior Living Blog

Dealing with the Curse of Loneliness

How can you effectively deal with loneliness? Loneliness affects a significant number of senior citizens throughout the UK. According to the Royal Voluntary Service, although there are many causes, the primary reason for loneliness in most older adults is the result of failures in family connections.

Other causes include the loss of a loved one and experiencing the symptoms of old age that make one feel isolated, such as physical impairments that make daily activities difficult. 

Dealing with loneliness 

It's important that older people know how to recognise when they begin to feel lonely, as this can lead to other serious conditions, such as depression. Although it can be difficult to talk about how you're feeling, one way is to get support from a carer or friend. 

To avoid isolation or seclusion from family and friends, older people should make sure that they're working to stay engaged and social. Here are a few suggestions for older adults who are experiencing loneliness. 

Tips for overcoming loneliness

The first step is to identify the root of the problem. Sometimes it's not always clear what is causing loneliness. Whether it's the death of a loved one, no longer being able to drive or failing to remember certain events or people, knowing what's causing these feelings of isolation is needed for recovery.

Communication is also key to overcoming feelings of loneliness. You should talk to a support group or a close loved one about how you're feeling. Holding feelings of seclusion and loneliness inside will make it more likely that you experience depression and severe anxiety. 

It's also important to take part in any social programmes or events that are happening locally, including those that take place in residential care homes. Being surrounded by others who may be experiencing similar age-related changes can help.

Social gatherings don't have to involve large group events. Going on a daily walk or to the cinema once a week with family members can make all the difference. Sometimes all it takes is a couple of outings to boost your mood.

At Sunrise Senior Living, we have assisted living care homes that offer programmes of activities and social groups to  help our residents to remain socially engaged. There are at least five activities available every day.. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today.

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