It’s hard to measure loneliness and social isolation, but research
shows it can contribute to a wide range of health conditions including dementia
, heart disease, stroke, and depression, and lead to more hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
“Immigrant and LGBTQ+ populations are often the highest at-risk groups due to fewer social ties, language barriers, discrimination, and other barriers to care,” says Dr. Seema Siraj
, medical director at InnovAge's Inland Empire PACE center
in San Bernardino, California. “But all older adults need to be proactive about finding ways to stay connected – whether it’s by changing their environment, connecting with friends and family, or taking better care of their health and well-being.”
Siraj offers the following tips to help stay connected:
- Schedule a time each day to call a friend or visit someone
- Join an online group to play online activities together, including mind and memory games
- Get regular vision and hearing check-ups
- Stay physically active – join a walking group, Zumba, Tai Chi, or yoga class
- Get enough sleep to feel generally well-rested throughout the day
- Eat good, healthy meals
is an important part of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
. “Older adults who are socially connected tend to have a stronger sense of belonging. That, in turn, helps seniors better maintain their physical, mental, and emotional health,” says Siraj.
Is PACE Right For Me?
InnovAge’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
offers coordinated healthcare
in-home care, transportation, therapy, specialty care coordination, dental and vision, medication management, nutrition, and more. We have a team of experts to help seniors and their family caregivers decide if PACE may be right for you. Call us toll-free at 844-704-9613 TTY: 711 or answer a few short questions
online and we'll contact you directly.