Senior Care professionals know that feeling lonely gravely affects an adult’s health and welfare. The U.S. Census data in 2010 showed that 28% of people aged 65 and older lived alone. Another study by AARP reported that baby boomers have fewer children or none at all when compared to other generations. Two factors that gravely affect these feelings are immobility and lack of transportation. Both add pressure to stay close to home. So, if one has no access to social activities, they will isolate.
A Case Western Reserve University study shows that Internet adoption encourages the emotional health of seniors (2013). The scientists gave 25 assisted living residents a digital tablet and Internet training. After three months of usage, the individuals reported an upsurge in life satisfaction.SeniorCare.com asked senior care thought leaders to give a primary resource to help relieve the isolation issue.
Teach technology classes or help students with homework. The activity builds strong ties. Online relationships are dynamic and can expand into interesting conversations.
Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and healthcare market.