1 in 5 older adults is isolated, according to a study by AARP. Isolation puts millions of older adults and caregivers at risk of poor health. Isolation can cause not only depression, loneliness and anxiety, but it can and does lead to health changes.
Health studies show that isolated older adults and caregivers experience much higher rates of mortality from common chronic illnesses. In fact, social relationships have as much impact on health as smoking, blood pressure, and obesity.
Many factors contribute to isolation in older adults, such as the loss of spouses, friends, neighbors, and family members. Loss of job and workplace friends, caregiving responsibilities, and children and grandchildren relocating are just some of the ways isolation develops.
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