We could all benefit from more care and kindness in today’s fast-paced world. But seniors, many of whom struggle with issues like loneliness and finances, need us more than ever. As our aging population grows and birth rates decline, we’re left with the difficult question: Who will be ready to care for adults as they age?
Know the Facts About Our Aging Population
The population is aging. People are living longer and having fewer children. For the first time, there are more adults over age 65 than children under age 5. The effects of this population shift are being felt everywhere – in our families, our health systems, and the economy.
The Statistics on Senior Loneliness and Isolation
One of the most consistent challenges older adults experience is loneliness and isolation. By connecting seniors to people and resources, we can help end loneliness and isolation for all older adults.
- More than 40% of seniors experience loneliness on a regular basis
- 1 in 4 older adults are considered socially isolated
- Loneliness contributes to a 50% increase in issues such as depression
- The health risks of isolation are equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes each day for the last year
Older Adults and Chronic Conditions
As we age, we’re more at risk for chronic health issues that can impact our quality of life.
- 80% of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition
- 14% of older adults seek treatment for depression
- Poor social relationships increase the risk of strokes and heart disease
We Can Make a Difference
Remember the excitement of getting a hand-written letter in the mail? How about the joy of opening a gift you’ve always wanted? A random act of kindness not only spreads joy, it can often improve the health of a socially isolated and lonely senior in your community.
At Home Instead, we aren’t just the world leader of personalized home care – we’re united in a mission to create the world today that we want to grow older in tomorrow.