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Seniors Overcoming Loneliness at Home

Author: Bankers Life and Casualty

Published: 2009-02-24

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While most everyone has experienced loneliness at some point it is todays seniors who are most likely to feel alone and lonely.

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While most everyone has experienced loneliness at some point, it's today's seniors who are most likely to feel alone. The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health In Aging's Aging in the Know Web site notes that elderly people who live alone, often due to the death of a spouse, usually prefer to remain living that way for as long as possible. These seniors are more likely to feel lonelier and more isolated than those who live with others.

While most everyone has experienced loneliness at some point, it's today's seniors who are most likely to feel alone.

The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health In Aging's Aging in the Know Web site notes that elderly people who live alone, often due to the death of a spouse, usually prefer to remain living that way for as long as possible. These seniors are more likely to feel lonelier and more isolated than those who live with others.

Bankers Life and Casualty Company, a national health and life insurer serving the retirement needs of the middle market, says antidotes for loneliness can be found everywhere including:

Your neighborhood - Social interaction can be as close as your own residence or neighborhood, and all it takes is a simple smile or "hello" to break the ice. Inviting a neighbor over, or asking them to come along on an errand can provide companionship, and even give way to a meaningful friendship.

Local senior community centers - In addition to providing services for seniors, senior centers provide opportunities for socializing, learning, and traveling - all in one place. According to the National Institute of Senior Centers, there are 15,000 senior centers serving older adults in the U.S. You can search them by state by using the eldercare locator at www.agenet.com

Inside your home - If it's too cold or difficult for you to get out, stay connected to others by phone, mail or computer. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project surveys taken from 2006-2008 show that older generations are online now more than ever before with email being their most popular online activity.

Your community - Volunteer work can provide an excellent way to not only help others, but yourself as well. A report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, noted lower levels of depression and increased longevity among the benefits experienced by individuals over 70 who devoted a considerable amount of time to volunteering throughout the year.

Reference: For more topics of interest to seniors, visit www.bankers.com.

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