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.
- Limited Access to Transportation
- Lack of a Sense of Purpose
- Loss of Social Community
- Low-Self Esteem
- Poor Hearing or Eyesight
- Incontinence Issues
- Loss of a Spouse or Partner
- Perceived Lack of Social Support
- Living Alone
- Lack of Physical Mobility
Effects of Social Isolation
- Increased Health Issues
- Mood Disorders, like anxiety and depression
- Increased Stress and Stress relative conditions
- Cognitive Decline
- Risk of early death
Resources:Isolation Research: National Insitutes of Health
Isolation Resources: AARP
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