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While being alone may be considered a normal part of aging, the sadness and depression that often accompany chronic loneliness most certainly are not. Here are some more insights about loneliness of seniors in Canada and how to prevent the dreading effects that come with it. Often overlooked, loneliness is a huge health risk that affects seniors living in Canada today and not a lot is being done about it. Data from The Canadian census shows that


Contents Scratching the surface of being lonely Prevalence of loneliness Exposing loneliness Exhibiting s of being lonely Conquering loneliness Your next step.

One is the loneliest : combating senior isolation

When we are young turning 35 seems old; and when we are 35 being 65 is old. You can get tablets for so many more ailments now, and you can have operations to replace many parts of your body.

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And yet, despite all these advances in science, our empathy is with you. We recognise that in addition to physical change you might be experiencing an emotional roller-coaster.

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So much has changed in society from when you were young, and the reality is that becoming old seems to be difficult for you and your peers. While you know you ought to be grateful for everything you still have in your life…. So if you are one of the many seniors who feels lonely, or you know of someone who feels loneliness from being elderly, then read on. If you are a senior and feeling lonely, you are not alone. Many seniors feel lonely, without the support of family who may have moved away and friends who may have passed away or are not sufficiently mobile to visit.

Prolonged loneliness is more common in females, as their partners pass away. These are very real issues for you; and some are not quick fixes! This manifests behaviour such as:. These are just the surface of the ways you might be showing s of being lonely… and that you could recognise in others.

So where to from here? How long you have been lonely; What you believe causes your particular loneliness; and what you have already tried to alleviate the loneliness. To get to the heart of your loneliness we would like to get to know you! Your personality, your eccentricities, and your values are all part of what makes you feel your loneliness more than some others.

We appreciate the trust you would place in us to talk openly and frankly — so we promise no judgements — genuine empathy, respect and confidentiality. Then when we have understood you better, we can help you move forward.

Loneliness in seniors: understanding it’s impact and ways to help

Help you form better connections with your spread out communities, with your friends and your families …wherever they are in the world. If you are ready to take the next step, click the button to get started addressing your loneliness via mentoring:.

Alternatively, you may seek practical advice, information on home visits, and social group activities from Age Concern via their website or their freephone 65 2 People feel lonely for many reasons. So when you are ready….

Senior and lonely. Scratching the surface of being lonely. Feeling scared …. Having your head feel like mush Hearing about another death Being a senior gives rise to many challenges with regard to feeling lonely….

Senior and lonely

Prevalence of loneliness. If you are a senior feeling lonely, then we empathise with you. Exposing loneliness. Feeling socially isolated occurs when people, like you, are not connected into their communities in a meaningful way. Society, other people and we ourselves unwittingly contribute to loneliness. To name a few, loneliness as a senior might be exacerbated when:- Well-meaning people believe that community and primary care based services are the answer for all loneliness amongst the elderly.

Causes of loneliness

Your generation has all died or are immobile so you no longer have anyone who knew you as a young adult or to talk to. You feel that talking about loneliness is a stigma and you will come across as desperate if you participate in any befriending schemes. You feel its depressing being amongst people of your own age group, sitting around talking of deteriorating health and moaning about no family visitors.

Exhibiting s of being lonely.

Loneliness and social isolation linked to serious health conditions

Solitude is very important for people to reflect and to come to grips with their situation. Being lonely for short periods is also not necessarily unhealthy.

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Focusing almost solely on your health issues and increasing your medical visits. Conquering loneliness. We appreciate… you all have a unique story. Your next step.

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Get started. Childhood and lonely. Youth and lonely.

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Adulthood and lonely. With our help you can conquer your loneliness by taking better care of your inner self. And we can conquer loneliness in New Zealand by better understanding and accepting each other. We look forward to hearing your view of the world!

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Nearly one-third of all seniors live by themselves, according to the U.


This feeling of separation and disconnection from others may predict serious health problems and even death, the UCSF researchers find.