Loneliness and Social Isolation: SFV

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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The group is asked for their observations and comments about isolation and loneliness in later life. Hearing loss is discussed as an isolating condition. Problems with vision, mobility and depression are mentioned as others which limit human contact and reinforce isolation.

Suggested solutions include various community living and care arrangements which provide companionship, either mixed use or age restricted. Members also cite group activities that tend to get people up and out of their homes to meet, talk and participate with others. Lifelong learning programs are popular with seniors. As well, senior centers offer a wide variety of arts, education, and physical exercise opportunities.

Just taking the initiative to make contact in informal, every day situations with someone who appears lonely can help, too, and can occur anytime a person is out and about.

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from the San Francisco Village circle discussion April 3rd, 2018.

 

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