Americans of all ages are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 14 million older adults in the U.S. live alone and are especially vulnerable during this time. Their research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death. Senior Life Solutions is encouraging people to engage in meaningful, productive activities to help boost mood and maintain their overall emotional health and well-being.
Stacy Werner, EdD, MSN, RN, Program Director, said “It is important to find ways to connect and engage in activities to help mitigate symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time. We put together these quick tips to share with our communities and hope they will encourage self-care and support.”
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