Free rides in "couch bikes" soothe senior loneliness: "Joyous memories out in the open, fresh air"
Photo credit: Cycling Without Age Scotland 2022/ YouTube video screenshot. All across the world, volunteers are teaming up to help seniors enjoy the outdoors and have more friends. They support the elderly and people with disabilities to get out and socialize more.
Social Isolation Leads to Loneliness
According to Psychology Today, 61% of Americans express being in some state of loneliness. Quarantining created loneliness in even the most social individuals who were forced to sequester with only immediate family; some were left in complete solitude. Much isolation is built into the Gen-Z lifestyle, excluding lockdowns. Screen time has reduced or entirely replaced participation in sports, community groups and other social activities. Remote working, while convenient for some, eliminated the breakroom interactions or casual conversations that would occur passing by another’s office on the way to one’s workspace.
A random act of kindness can be as easy as small talk
Yesterday, while checking out at the grocery store, I joked with the cashier about all the healthy food in my cart. She chuckled as she scanned bag after bag of chips. I shared that I had a house full of teenagers, and she gave me an understanding nod. We then agreed that the only thing we missed about adolescence was our metabolism.
Avoiding Pitfalls on Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day creates lots of expectations that are often unrealized. It’s fraught with landmines, whether you’re in or out of a relationship. But the grass isn’t always greener. Is your situation described here? Read seven tips for having a great holiday.
Many Americans have faith that their family and friends will be there for them when they need help
One of the most hyped studies of the century may need to be reevaluated. In 2006, the results of a sociological study burst from the seams of a staid academic journal into the public consciousness. The findings made a huge splash and have continued to reverberate ever since. In the article, “Social isolation in America: Changes in core discussion networks over two decades,” Miller McPherson and his colleagues claimed that in 2004, one out of every four Americans had no one they talked to about matters important to them. That was a dramatic drop from twenty years before; in 1985, only one in ten said they had no one they had talked to about important matters in the previous six months.
Facts About Senior Loneliness and Isolation That Will Surprise You
Older adults usually experience their social worlds growing smaller, as retirement, the death of friends and family, limited internet capability, and lack of mobility make participating in social activities more difficult. With the pandemic this problem has only grown worse.
3 out of 5 Americans are lonely
A survey of 10,000 Americans found that 61% of them suffer from loneliness. It means that roughly 3 out of 5 Americans are lonely. Loneliness is something that many people around the world do experience often. It is not as rare as it seems. Many people go through loneliness and keep it a secret. A lot of people are shy to admit that they are lonely deep inside. Here are a few signs that you are going through deep loneliness.
Loneliness Poses Health Risks
Humans are social creatures. According to studies, humans need social connections for mental and physical health. In 2019, 3 in 5 Americans (61%) felt lonely, rising from 54% in 2018. Several studies state that the pandemic between 2020-21 has deepened loneliness in America. A June 2021 survey reported that 32% of adults worldwide feel isolated.
Coping During Christmas For Lonely Older Adults and Their Children
The Christmas season for many brings with it mixed blessings. It is a time of reuniting with family and catching up with friends. For children who may not understand the holiday’s religious aspect, it is a time to both give and receive gifts.
Coping with Holiday Blues and Depression
The stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult because there’s an expectation of feeling merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they’re supposed to feel and then think that they alone fall short. They judge themselves and feel like an outsider.