The grim effects of smoking, drinking, and poor eating are commonly cited by doctors as appalling and expensive health scourges. Yet for aging Californians, an often hidden health plague can be just as deadly: loneliness.

 

Melissa's Notes: One of the stereotypical images of the senior is a sad, old woman sitting alone.  Since this is seen as "normal," it may not be seen something that can and must be addressed.  However, a growing body of knowledge has found that loneliness is as important risk factor for mortality as cigarette smoking.  As this article explains, you cannot separate medical services from social.  A care plan that does not address social connections does a disservice to clients.


Via Melissa Sandler