Elders are facing a lot of issues more than we know. As people grow older, there is a great possibility that they experience isolation from the society, and that’s a fact. This is a very prevalent issue that continues to increase without the majority of the population acknowledging how serious it is. Little do we know that this isolation can lead to several health problems that could get worse through time if disregarded and could trigger psychological disorders. What’s worse is that these conditions or can often lead to suicide. Social seclusion can promote poor quality of life.
Elder people feel less important and unwanted at the same time, that is where self-pity comes in and they turn grumpy as part of their defense mechanism. It’s part of their behavior to push people away since they think that they don’t need others to look after them or they don’t want to be pitied by other people. The result is, it makes it harder to deal with them. It may not be true to all cases but in most. You can often hear people saying that most elder people are senile – but that shouldn’t be the reason the leave them unattended or unappreciated.
In times when seniors get too hard to handle, some of their families opt to put them in retirement homes or villages for them to be properly be taken care of. Also, for them to receive proper care and support that they need as their bodily functions start to slow down or function less. However, we’re missing the point exactly why they are acting as they were.
According to research, more than one million elderly people in the UK who need help with basic tasks, have been left to struggle by an unprecedented withdrawal of state-funded social care. As years go by, the number of elders who suffer from social isolation is increasing. Even the government is underprepared for the rising number of elderly people.
In connection with this, more and elder people require social care or attention, yet failed to achieve it. Hence, these people are left to handle aging themselves, do tasks all by themselves, and resolve to social isolation. On the other hand, people that surround these elder people are not fully aware of the social issues the majority of the elder population are experiencing and what impact does it make. To shed some light regarding the struggles of the elders, here are the social issues that take its toll among our beloved elders’ health.
Those elders who suffer a great loss of a loved one feel deeply alone and melancholy. As days go by, they neglect the importance of health and do not look after their selves anymore. Medicines and other prescription drugs are left untouched which is why their health gets worse. Most common health conditions suffered by elders are Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
#2: Incapability To Be Independent
As aging strikes, seniors tend to be more dependent towards others in things they do like in walking or even in reading. They feel like they can’t mingle with others due to their inability which is why they prefer to stay at home. They don’t do exercise because they think they can’t do it anymore. Their bodies tend to deteriorate due to lack of movements.
#3: Striving To cope Up With Changes of Aging
Coping up with aging is really a difficult stage. Physically, the body can no longer support the activities that elders want to do because they get easily tired and their memory starts to depreciate.
#4: Boredom From retirement
After retirement, elders feel easily bored because their interest in things is not as entirely as it is before. It is hard for them to find an activity to occupy their attention span and will suit their likes. Their eating habit changes as well and they lose their appetite. They are not getting the nutrients they need which are why their system has low immunity and make them susceptible to illnesses.
#5: Monetary Stress
Medical prescriptions get more expensive through time, having no more source of income, elders stress themselves out on how to pay the bills which cause mental and physical health to fail. Thinking more about these financial concerns can cause lack of sleep or trouble when sleeping which can result to multiple health conditions such as memory loss.
#6: Social Isolation as Adult Children are Engaged in Their Own Lives
Seniors just wanted to feel loved and wanted by their own children. So whenever their children move away from them they dwell on sadness and thoughts of the past; back when their children were still with them. It saddens them and psychologically they are no longer fit. They seek attention and once it is not given, they set aside their health.
#7: Frustration with Medical Concerns
Medical bills, prescriptions, and requirements can be hard to manage if illnesses start to pile up. Payables are everywhere which makes it frustrating for seniors to catch up especially that they are retired and don’t want to rely on their children for it. Their mental state declines as well as their body due to stress caused by frustration and lack of sleep.
Did you know?
According to studies, lack of adequate transportation is a primary cause of a social isolation. Most seniors are no longer capable of driving, hence, meeting with friends, shopping or doing their usual routine is compromised.
To avoid elders from social isolation, the best way to help them is to show support and encouragement. Elders are much just like the rest of us – they also need love, care, and attention. If we work together we all can avoid social isolation to occur among our elders. A happy way of life is more conducive for seniors to feel that they are not alone. Let us help them in conquering the sad truth about aging and let us all be there to stand for them at the final years of their lives – changing their attitude towards life. Making their lives worthwhile and help them live a contented and quality life is the least we can do for them.
Most elders find comfort in their own homes and refuse to live in nursing homes. In this case, the most appropriate thing to do is to seek help and assistance from credible home care services. These care workers are trained to extend help and support to elder people with their daily tasks as well as help motivate them in socializing with neighbors and other people living in their community. Seniors who are living independently are less likely to experience social isolation and suffer from the negative effects it may bring about. Love, care, and attention are all they need and we should be more than willing to give it especially to our aging loved ones who need it the most. Let’s all participate in making the world a better place!