As seniors age, they inevitably begin seeing friends and loved ones they have known for decades decline in health and, in some cases, pass away. It can be difficult to adjust to this new reality, and can have a negative impact on a person’s health.
The negative effects of isolation
In fact, Brigham Young University recently conducted a study on loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality. What they found is that the overall life expectancy of people dealing with these issues is impacted in the same way as it is for those struggling with substance abuse and obesity. The data, taken from over 3 million participants who took part in 35-years of published studies, found that loneliness, isolation and living on your own can increase the risk of premature death by an average of 29%.
Additionally, a University of Chicago study points out that loneliness is associated with elevated levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. It also has a negative impact on sleep patterns, resulting in less rest, which can compromise the immune system and make people more susceptible to sickness.
Enjoy fellowship with new friends
The simple truth is that healthy relationships make for healthier and happier lives. For many, their fondest memories have been built around experiences that they shared with other people. As we age, it becomes more important than ever to continue developing relationships and sharing in new experiences together.
If you have a loved one currently suffering from the effects of loneliness and isolation, they may benefit from living in a community like Primrose – enjoying fellowship with other seniors in a safe, supportive environment. Many of our residents come from the same situation as your loved ones, and understand the emotions that they may be feeling.
Primrose is a beautiful, vibrant community where people come and go as they please. There is always something to do – whether it be a pool tournament in our pub, a group outing to a local restaurant or an impromptu gathering of friends in your apartment. We hope that you will consider stopping by for a visit with your loved one so that you can get to know our residents and staff. Come see what Primrose can do for you!
For more information, feel free to visit www.primroseretirement.com any time. If you still have additional questions, we would be honored to help you – contact info for each of our communities can be found on the website.