Feelings of loneliness and isolation can also cause many other issues, like the negative impact on mental and physical health. Some of these risks include lung disease, cognitive decline, dementia, dementia acceleration, and high blood pressure, arthritis,more impaired mobility, depression, among many others. Isolation also shows a connection to being more vulnerable to elder abuse, or neglect. Seniors who have been isolated socially have shown to be much less optimistic about the future. Nobody, especially your loved one, deserves any of this.
Being home all day every day with a caregiver can satisfy loneliness. However, being home all day every day with a caregiver does not satisfy the feeling of isolation. What has proven to satisfy loneliness and isolation is getting out of the house and doing something physical. Even if the physical activity is walking.