Isolation and Depression in Aging Seniors

Here are some resources  provided by the Mental Wellness Center about Isolation and Depression in Aging Adults

About Isolation

This site offers an overview of the issue, as well as the most prevalent causes and solutions. The site also offers an assessment to help determine whether you or a loved one are at risk for isolation and a service that will text you reminders to check in on your loved ones.

The Dangers of Senior Loneliness and Isolation

This page features similar information as the above resource, but in an infographic perfect for visual learners.

Transportation and the Elderly

This article talks specifically about lack of access to transportation as one of the main concerns (and easiest fixes) related to senior isolation and depression.

Preparing for the Death of a Terminally-Ill Loved One: What to Expect, and How to Help the Entire Family Move Forward

Transitions, particularly the loss of a loved one and the adjustment to living alone, are major risk factors for depression in the elderly population.

Can Social Isolation be Solved with Technology?

This article discusses how technology can be used to combat social isolation and why it shouldn’t be considered a total solution.

Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Poor Health

This is an interesting look at poor health as a cause and result of isolation. It also discusses the Roseto effect, and how a close-knit community can positively impact heart health.

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