When we get older it can become increasingly difficult to get time out of the house, engaging socially with friends or family. This is largely due to decreased mobility, losing those close to them, and lasting effects of the pandemic. For a lot of us, returning to social lives was a quick transition, but for a lot of older adults, health concerns have left them reluctant to returning to social situations. As a result, many seniors feel it necessary to isolate in their homes, which in turn, leads to feelings of loneliness and ultimately health problems.
Loneliness in older adults is particularly problematic. In fact, isolated older adults are at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide. As well as around 50% more at risk of developing dementia. For this reason, it is incredibly important that elderly people have access to social activities and regularly engage with others.