Loneliness is a phenomenon that occurs in all stages of life and is a significant problem for many older people. Loneliness in old age is a risk factor that can be linked to various health-related problems; both physical and mental. Older people who are lonely have less satisfaction with life, higher prevalence in subjective health complaints, lower capacity to perform ADL (Activities of Daily Living) and a greater desire for increased social contacts, compared with those who are not lonely. Emotional loneliness is also a result of social isolation and the loss/absence of someone close. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks.
Socialization becomes a process, lifelong interaction through which individuals acquire a self-identity and the physical, mental and social skills need for survival in society.
Loneliness Vs Socialization in Elderly life:
For the aging, strong social ties are even more important in preventing illnesses. Significant social factors include a wide network of people, friends, meaningful conversations, active participation in different activities etc. By improving access to physical activity and social engagement, much can be done to enhance later life experiences. Considering the changes in kinships of our society, it had become mandatory for elders to find the ways of socialization of their own. And it also becomes necessary in today’s life that we have an assigned place where there is a team of lifestyle experts dedicated to developing and coordinating a variety of stimulating group programs and physical activities designed to fit the interests of elderly. It provides an access to events that bring together people with common interests, making new friends and also in trying new skills.
How to help them:
- Provide an opportunity for elders to learn new skills
- Give the older adult a sense of purpose
- Invigorate and energize older adults
- Help reduce the likelihood of depression in the elderly
- Reduce the isolation of older adults
- Fill a void for parents whose children are working
- Serve the function of friendship, companionship and solidarity.
At KITES we have different programs that addresses this aspect of socialization & provides periodical opportunities to the elderly for improving their social connect.
If you wish to discuss a particular case or have a question in this regard, please call Ms Lakshmi / Ms Mona at +91 99800 67000 or +91 80 2258 6700 or drop a note to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help!