Isolation is destructive to one’s health, especially in the elderly. The elderly are susceptible to numerous health risks due to age, medical history and environment. Those who are lonely or socially isolated tend to be at a greater risk of mental complications, poor health and even early death than those who are able to have frequent social contact. This is a harsh and sad reality that needs to be addressed in order to protect or prevent those from being at risk.
Human beings were created to have social contact. Although one may not die from being lonely, it is extremely common to develop poor health due to loneliness. It can become immensely difficult for an elderly person to keep adequate and/or frequent contact with family, friends and loved ones. Add in all of the complicating social devices and busy schedules, many older adults may find themselves missing out on the social interactions they need and desire. Technology continues to change and advance, with these changes come more need to know knowledge to be able to keep up with how the new gadgets and devices may work; this can seem ridiculously impossible for many elderly individuals and result to limited or no social contact.
One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is someone’s grandma or grandpa sitting sad, sick and alone. Along with elderly living facilities, which should and generally promote a healthy lifestyle and constant social interaction, there are some devices are specifically designed with the needs of the elderly in mind. The CareConnect device for instance is an easy to use product that monitors one’s health while keeping them in contact with friends, family and even health care providers. Its design is specifically made for easy use which is unlike many other similar gadgets out there that are far too complicated or small for regular (no training required) use. It’s rather amazing that there are in fact devices out there that will allow our loved ones to independently stay socially connected without feeling inadequate.
Pay special attention to the elderly in your life; ensure that they are staying socially active and connected and a regular basis with the ones they love. Their health and quality of life depend on it.