Research shows that loneliness can have significant health implications, worse than that of obesity, alcoholism and even smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older adults are at a higher risk for isolation and loneliness. There are a number of factors that can contribute to isolation and loneliness, including a shrinking number of family members available for support. There are, however, common warning signs to help identify when an older adult may be feeling lonely or isolated. This month’s web seminar focuses on easily identifiable signs that indicate someone might need help, including physical symptoms, mental or emotional changes and environmental clues. Professionals can help educate families on these warning signs and provide tools and resources to help older adults feel more connected to their families and communities.
Participants in this web seminar will be able to:
- Describe the difference between isolation and loneliness;
- Describe the impacts that isolation and loneliness can have on older adults;
- Identify the warning signs of isolation and failing health in older adults; and,
- List resources and supports for older adults and their families to help them feel more connected.