Isolation and loneliness should not be part of your life. ( my photo of a isolated beach area in Door County)
I found some very good information and advice in a
newsletter from AARP recently, and want to share it with you.
Regardless of age isolation is one of the most serious health problems
for people of all ages, but especially for American seniors.
It is one of the most serious health problems today.
Studies have found that social isolation and loneliness are worse for one's health than obesity - and prolonged isolation is just as bad as smoking
15 cigarettes a day. It can cause other health problems and that can make care more expensive.
is a widespread problem - affecting 1 in 3 adults aged 45 and older.
* Lower income makes the problem worse: half of the midlife
and older adults who earn less than $25,00 a year say they feel isolated.
* There is a strong connection between isolation and
health problems: half of the midlife and older adults who consider their health to be fair or poor say they are lonely.
diagnosed with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders had the highest rates of loneliness.
is a study providing ideas on how to tackle this problem.
* Midlife and older adults are making more friends and acquaintances
online, and when those friends* hips expand to meeting in person, people are even less likely to experience loneliness or isolation.
** VOLUNTEERING is a great way to address isolation. Older adults who volunteer are significantly less likely to be lonely than those who do not.
One good example is Connect2Affect an initiative that provides a volunteer opportunity database, stories of social connectedness, and access to events like "Good Neighbor Day." AARP Foundation is also working on expanding a Voice
Activated Technology Program, which uses smart home devices to make it easy, fast, and fun for older adults to stay connecte4d with their community.
AARP further stated that more than two decades of research has shown the older adults who volunteer experience significant health benefits, including lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rated of depression
and disease. Simple put, volunteering makes it easy to feel good while doing good. AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a volunteer-based tutoring program that connects older adults to their communities by engaging them in the intergenerational
work of helping young students become better readers.
RSVP is one of the nation's largest volunteer networks for people 55 and over.
You can contact AARP regarding any of the above suggestions.
Local churches like mine have many opportunities for volunteer work. At Lifeline Church, 3285W. Calhoun Rd. Brookfield, Wi.262 783-2900 we regularly serve meals at the Ronald McDonald house. Our Piecemakers ministry sews quilts and clothing's that may go overseas with one of the mission trips.
We are always in need of volunteers to help cut or sew the projects. The work and fellowship is a blessing to all involved.
suffer in silence !
God did not intend for us to be isolated and lonely. If you are, or know of someone that is in need of fellowship..reach out to them and give them this information.
Better yet. Take them with you..It will make your day !
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."