As people age they often find themselves spending more time at home alone. This can affect your health and well-being. Learn if you might be at risk and how to stay connected.
Feeling lonely is bad for your health
- Loneliness and social isolation are associated with:
- Higher rates of depression
- A weakened immune system
- Heart disease
- Early death
Are you at risk?
- Try to stay active and better connected if you:
- Live alone or can’t leave your home
- Feel alone or disconnected from others
- Recently had a major loss or change
- Are a caretaker
- Lack a sense of purpose
Ideas for staying connected
- Find an activity that you enjoy or learn something new. You might have fun and meet people with similar interests.
- Get moving! Exercise decreases stress, boosts your mood, and increases your energy.
- Volunteer. You’ll feel better by helping others.
- Stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors in person, online or by phone.
- Consider adopting a pet. Animals can be a source of comfort and may also lower stress and blood pressure.
Source: National Institutes of Health: www.nia.nih.gov