Senior women living alone can often feel isolated


March 7, 2011

Many senior women who are living alone may find that it's difficult to reach out and make new social networks during their golden years. The New York Times reports that this may be due to the generation's family life tendencies, which left some mothers unable to easily maintain friendships and hesitant to make new ones.

"Individuals who live in isolation are more likely to be depressed, may be more likely to suffer from malnutrition and are separated from opportunities for socialization – cognitively stimulating activities and physical activities that are the hallmarks of healthy aging," Dr. Ronan Factora told the news provider.

Additionally, living alone can be problematic if one has no way of requesting assistance. In this case, a senior may want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in a home. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to doctors.

Factora recommends that adult children remind their mother of the hobbies and interests she used to have, so that she can have a renewed sense of purpose.

One new way that some seniors are staying social is playing video games on the internet. Families may want to encourage older adults who are living alone to use a computer so that they can virtually build new social networks.