By: Dr. Kathleen Tallent, PhD
During the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is more important than ever to identify the signs of social isolation and depression. These issues often go hand in hand and can affect the health, mental well-being, and quality of life of older adults and their caregivers, including nursing care staff.
With social distancing requirements, individuals are more likely to experience social disconnectedness and perceived isolation. Both of these social isolation types are associated with a variety of adverse health consequences, including depression, cardiovascular problems, faster rates of cognitive decline, impaired immune response, and greater difficulties completing activities of daily living. Isolation may also impair sleep, and evidence suggests that the same amount of sleep is less restorative when individuals are socially isolated.
Social isolation and depressive symptoms are also key risk factors for suicide, which, according to the CDC, has increased over the past decade with a significant increase among the aging community.
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