Loneliness Can Up Death Risk In Older Adults
Having worked with aged people for years, I have seen the feelings of isolation and depression that can take hold and end the lives of those elderly people that feel they have no one. I have tremendous respect for our elderly generation, they have a wealth of wisdom and experience to share with all of us. They have lived and survived many challenges and can teach us much about ourselves.
We owe it to them to be their advocate if they are no longer able to voice their concerns themselves. Elderly people living on their own lack the comfort of human touch which is an essential part of being human. Just holding their hand or touching them on the shoulder can create a sense of well being.
If you know an elderly person who lives alone and has no contact with family or friends, take the time to say hello, ask them if there is anything you can do for them. It's such little effort to be thoughtful and kind. Your kindness can make the difference in ways you couldn't possibly imagine.
Giving is such an inspiring feeling, knowing that you have made a difference to someones life is the greatest gift we have as human beings.