Social Isolation in Age: Challenges and Solutions
Listen to the Audio: Social Isolation in Age: Challenges and Solutions
from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village
What is isolation? Is it a choice, a mindset or just a lack of options? For some it's something in the future, not now, but more associated with future incapacitation. Another view is from a member who likes to be alone with friends checking in – so he may be alone, but he is not lonely.
The group engages in a lively discussion that covers the following dynamics:
- The Challenges:
Joe asks "Although I have a phone and neighbors, what would happen if I needed help?" Loss of peers leads to cultural isolation with age.
- The Solutions:
Build a ‘Buddy’ system.
Practice reaching out to others, and make younger friends.
Overcome the tendency to hide one’s needs vs. ask for help.
Live in a mixed-use building (non-age segregated).
Participate in group activity (commitment).
Consider AI and robotic companions.
Find a Smartphone app to reach others for companionship.
Happily, the suggested solutions far outweigh the challenges in this discussion.
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