Social Isolation in Age: Challenges and Solutions

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

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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Key words: 
social isolation, social engagement, staying social