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A Problem That Needs Our Attention: The Elderly Living In Isolation
by Briana Cerda (cerda [at] sonoma.edu)
Wednesday Dec 5th, 2018 12:26 PM
The elderly are living in social isolation. The isolation causes health problems which may shorten their lives. We as community members must support the elderly by volunteering or simply being compassionate and saying hello.
Elderly individuals, who make up a majority of our population, are often socially isolated in our communities. Research shows, 28% of adults ages 65 and over, are living alone and are in need of a companion (Bernstein). According to the article, 4 Problems In Your Community That Need Your Attention, written by Jackie Bernstein, the loneliness these individuals face causes multiple medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, and depression. In other words, the elderly requires social interactions on a daily basis to continue a healthy lifestyle. As community members, we must strive to volunteer more often whether it be at senior homes, with food and nutrition companies, etc. By simply asking an elderly individual if they need help with their groceries at the store or greeting them as they are walking by or standing in line will make their day and provide better health for them as well. If you have an elderly neighbor, invite the individual over for dinner or offer to bring them food once in a while, or help them adopt an animal such as a dog. It doesn’t take a lot to be friendly or simply to be social. In conclusion, we must be more respectful and take care of our elderly because they are noble people.