Our brains are wired to enjoy social interactions. When we cooperate with each other the activity in our mind’s primary reward center increases. This is true no matter what our age. However, as we age we tend to face more obstacles in terms of our ability to engage in meaningful social interactions. For the sake of the well-being of the seniors in our lives, we need to realize that only by being together can we overcome social isolation.
It is not uncommon for seniors to feel chronically lonely. In fact, loneliness affects around 1 in 5 seniors nationally. It is, unfortunately, a devastating complication of aging that can often lead to larger problems like increased disabilities, cognitive decline, and even early death. The great news is it is completely preventable as long as it is recognized and addressed promptly.