4 Warning Signs Of Loneliness In Aging Adults
How to tell that aging adults are experiencing loneliness.
Of course the feeling of loneliness can happen to anyone, but it has a greater effect on our aging parents. This effect on them can cause them to be at great risk of mental and physical decline.
During this pandemic, more and more senior's are feeling isolated because of COVID 19. But one thing about them is that they tend to experience social isolation at a higher level than others.
Reviewing these signs that your loved one may be experiencing that could indicate that they are dealing with the effects of this crises and could benefit from a helping hand and more consistent companion care.
How can you spot the early warning signs in your aging parents?
Below are some key signs to watch
1) Change in Frequency of phone calls. Either they're calling more or less than usual, this can be a signal of social isolation. Feeling the need to speak to you more often may be obvious but a decrease can signal the same thing. Senior's being isolated in their homes and not having a social life during this pandemic can signal a sign of loneliness.
2) Restless Sleep. If your aging parents are complaining about being more tired than usual or incidents of poor sleep when recurring, ask them how they're spending their day. If your aging parents are complaining about being more tired then usual or incidents of poor sleep when recurring, ask them how they're spending their day.
3) Changes in the neighborhood. Long time friends and neighbors are either moving or passing away as well as changes in their community settings or houses in their community, can form feelings of loneliness and nostalgia in the elderly.
4) Lack Of Appetite. A change in appetite is normal as we age, however if you notice your parent is eating even less than normal and daily intake is less than normal they may be experiencing feelings of loneliness.
In addition to this it is important to be aware of other signs that your loved one may need more help at home.This can be unpaid bills, missed medications, overflowing laundry or missed meals. Even though this may be hard between both aging adult and family member to accept that extra help is needed , but it will be worth knowing that your aging loved one can continue to age safely and comfortably in their own home.