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Living alone, being lonely and the perils of isolation.

We already know that loneliness is a major debilitating cause of  health decline in seniors. Over the years I have blogged about the challenge of seniors living on their own, without a support network.  During this pandemic, the isolation and separateness of everyone was very difficult on all us. However for seniors, I think it has been worst of all.  We all need personal contact, connecting with someone, sharing a smile and maybe even being able to recall a memory together, however for those many seniors who find themselves on their own, this has not been possible for several months.

As I reflect on the clients with whom I have worked over many years, like anyone else, seniors live in a range of housing options.  These include apartments/condos/ houses, group homes, board and lodging settings, retirement residences and long term care facilities.  Often times, the range of housing options is dependent on both income/financial status and care needs.  I think for those seniors who are living in the grey zone of  independent living, the isolation/ physical contact restrictions,  has been a great challenge.  Forget about those who could not see their physicians, and those who had surgery and treatment delays but consider the relatively healthy senior who is living with early signs of physical infirmity or cognitive decline. I think this group was significantly impacted.

As we hear promises of health reform, I really hope that we will see creative  and alternative housing options being carefully considered as well.  These include such initiatives as cooperative and shared housing. On this note I thought I would share some earlier writings on this topic.    Ending Loneliness, A Spare Bedroom and A Shortage of Affordable Housing   and A new take on the ‘granny suite’ and Intergenerational Living: Free Rent for Students and Socialization for  the Elderly .

How do you want to age in place and do you want to do it alone or with some friends?

About Audrey Miller
Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 25 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field.

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