Social isolation is more dangerous for older adults than smoking 15 cigarettes per week. Why? When an older person is isolated that person is more likely to
- eat poorly,
- suffer from depression,
- neglect to take medication as prescribed,
- attempt to relieve loneliness using alcohol or drugs,
- suffer complications from lack of follow-up on a fall or illness
Who’s Walking In Your Neighborhood?
This cartoon graphic from the Commonwealth Fund reveals how brief encounters with mail delivery persons made significant impact on the relieving social isolation in one area of the United Kingdom.