Did you know according to a recent report over one million seniors older than age 65 are “dangerously unsupported”? This report shares that as a result they are at risk for loneliness and isolation. Unfortunately, both of these conditions are an increasing epidemic for seniors worldwide. As we enter into National Elder Law Month this May, you may be wondering: how can I help myself or the seniors that I care about avoid becoming a statistic?
We know this is not easy. There are numerous issues that can arise over time that make it hard to stay connected with the world around you as you age. From physical issues and age-related illnesses to death and far spread community resources, we know issues can arise everywhere.
Beyond staying mentally and physically fit as we age, it makes sense to integrate rather than isolate. What do we mean by this statement? This National Elder Law Month, and throughout the year, we would encourage you to regularly connect with other people. Building relationships in your community can not only enhance your well-being, but allow you to share your wisdom and experiences with others.
Further, how well and how often you keep in touch with others can have a positive impact on your well-being. This can include maximizing your brain function. For instance, countless studies find that loneliness and isolation have been linked to depression and dementia.
We want you to know there is no need to feel alone this National Elder Law Month. Let us share a few key tips and ideas to get and keep you engaged this month and throughout the year.
- Make the commitment to meet regularly.
Join friends for dinner or a movie. Take part in a knitting circle. Join a class at the gym or a book club of interest to you to share an enjoyable time with others. You might learn something new while you make some new friends.
Assist with research, planning, or organizing for causes you have an interest in and a passion for. Do not wait to step outside yourself. Helping others also makes us feel good any time of year.
- Limit your use of technology.
Did you know a study that examined human behavior noted that increased social media use contributed to depression and impacted relationships? Smartphones are often blamed for causing an addiction to technology that leads to isolation. We know it is easy to become attached to computers and TV, spending hours in front of them, which may also add to feelings of loneliness.
Just these small steps can help you take a leap into a more enriched, fulfilled life. Changes like these can improve your outlook and enhance your overall well-being. When, if not National Elder Law Month, is the right time to jump in care for yourself as a senior or encourage a senior loved one to get started? We know that elder care issues like these, plus many more, can be challenging. We encourage you not to wait to schedule a meeting with our office.