Loneliness can be defined in many different ways. A common way to identify this state of mind is as “a state of solitude or being alone”. Loneliness however, does not necessarily mean being without anyone’s company. Even if you are amongst a gathering of people you might find yourself feeling lonely. As such, loneliness is identified as the perception that one is alone and isolated and is thus considered as a state of mind. A recent trend can be seen in an increasing amount of studies that link loneliness and the impact of a negative social atmosphere with a plethora of diseases and illnesses. According to the New York Times “loneliness leads to poorer physical and mental health”. On January 31st, 2011 BBC News stated loneliness as a hidden killer of elderly.
According to Derbyshire, it can be more dangerous than smoking. A large amount of studies conducted on identifying the impact of loneliness on older adults show that a high degree of loneliness can lead to increased cognitive decline resulting in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Activity programs and social gatherings create a sincere collection of individuals who establish meaningful personal connections which can help to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease as the research in this article is demonstrating.
A study conducted among 823 elders living in senior citizen facilities in and around Chicago who were free from dementia, assessed the impact of loneliness and its association with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted and followed up annually and at death, a uniform postmortem exam was conducted on the brain. The results from the study showed a total of 76 subjects that developed Alzheimer’s disease and the risk of development was more than doubled in the people who were identified as lonely when compared to those who were not lonely.
It is a complex emotion with no single cause, therefore treatment is quite different and requires a good understanding of the individual. For example, a child looking to make friends require a different approach to resolving the problem when compared to an elder who has lost his/her spouse and trying to cope with that. However, the results from all studies suggest that minimizing loneliness and providing a thriving social atmosphere can do wonders when it comes to cognitive health and preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
This has been taken into consideration in many modern assisted living facilities and they provide a positive social environment that helps ward off the negative impacts of social isolation such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They provide a large number of social activities that is catered towards each individual’s preferences and ensure that a social circle with positive relationships are formed and maintained in order to provide a better quality life to their members.
If you’re searching for an assisted living community in Ventura County which will not only provide high quality personal care for your family, but will also provide a sincere social atmosphere in which they can enjoy their retirement with like minded peers, please consider touring our community or contact us for more information.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.