Recent research has shown that social isolation has serious effects on seniors. In fact, it is a stronger contributor to premature death for seniors than obesity, heart disease, and smoking. In light of the current pandemic, the focus on social health and combating loneliness has taken on a new level of importance.
Interestingly, those who don’t report feeling lonely while living alone may still suffer the same negative health impacts of social isolation. This might be linked to the fact that the more we interact with others, the more we stimulate our brains, utilize our communication skills, and spark our imaginations. Research suggests that combating social isolation may even add years to your life.
This information begs the question: What constitutes social isolation? Let’s take Sharon, a resident at SilverCrest Properties’ Parkshore campus in St. Louis Park as an example. Before moving into the community, she talked to her daughter on the phone daily for 10-15 minutes and went out to dinner with family two or three times a month. She was in a weekly coffee group, attended church, and received two visits a week from a home health agency for assistance.
Would Sharon be considered socially isolated? Well, when you consider that these interactions counted for only nine hours out of the average 112 waking hours in Sharon’s week, you get a feel for how much time she spent home alone.
Contrast this with her life now in assisted living at Parkshore. She is treated to three chef-prepared meals daily and has interactions with the staff and other residents in the dining room, participates in group fitness classes, and attends card clubs and book groups.
Founded in 1986 and recognized as a leader in the senior care industry, SilverCrest knows how important it is for people to participate in social settings and has helped thousands of seniors create meaningful friendships and daily life-enriching social interactions. No matter which SilverCrest community you visit, you will notice the difference the moment you step through the doors. The amenities are plentiful, the opportunities for social and educational interaction are top notch, and the gourmet dining options at each location are truly crave-worthy.
While SilverCrest is proud of the spacious apartment homes, beautiful settings, and the catered lifestyle it offers, it is the experiences and people that truly set its communities apart. Each location creates authentic connections with residents and is committed to enriching their lives with wellness opportunities that focus on social, physical, and emotional health.
If you, or a loved one, are feeling lonely or are concerned about the impacts of social isolation, please contact your healthcare provider. It may also be a good time to explore the senior living options SilverCrest offers. With locations from SilverCreek on Main in Maple Grove down to Kingsley Shores and Kingsley Place in Lakeville, you are sure to find a location that fits your needs. Now more than ever, the value and benefits of senior living far outweigh staying home alone. Visit silvercrestproperties.com to learn more.