Social Isolation or Loneliness?

In understanding isolation, it’s important to know how it differs from loneliness. Social Isolation refers to a complete or near-complete lack of contact with people or society. Where loneliness is a temporary lack of social contact.

Health risks associated with social isolation have been compared to the well-known dangers of smoking cigarettes and obesity. The health risks posed by social isolation may be particularly severe for older adults.

 Causes of Isolation:Isolation Infograph

  1. Limited Access to Transportation
  2. Lack of a Sense of Purpose
  3. Loss of Social Community
  4. Low-Self Esteem
  5. Poor Hearing or Eyesight
  6. Incontinence Issues
  7. Loss of a Spouse or Partner
  8. Perceived Lack of Social Support
  9. Living Alone
  10. Lack of Physical Mobility

 Effects of Social Isolation

  • Increased Health Issues
  • Obesity
  • Mood Disorders, like anxiety and depression
  • Increased Stress and Stress relative conditions
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Risk of early death


Isolation Research: National Insitutes of Health
Isolation Resources: AARP

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