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The Real Cost Of The Loneliness Epidemic

 

Chronic loneliness can shorten lifespan by as much as 20 years

 

Americans Are Increasingly Lonely

  • In 2019, 61% felt lonely some or all of the time — Up from 54% in 2018
    • Most say that no one around them
      • Shares their interests: 61%
      • Knows them well: 58%
      • Respects their abilities: 34%
    • Everyone feels lonely at times, but younger generations feel it more
      • 2019 Loneliness Score By Generation*
        • Gen Z: 49.9
        • Millennials: 47.7
        • Gen X: 47
        • Boomers: 43.2
        • Silents: 39.9
      • In the U.S., 18% of suicide deaths are seniors — the highest suicide rate of any age group
    • Why So Lonely?

77% of Americans say they lack a social support system

  • Everyone needs someone to turn to for
    • Dependable help
    • Trustworthy advice
    • Shared activities
  • Lack of these social supports heightens the risk for extreme loneliness

 

Those with chronic mental & physical health conditions are at greater risk for extreme loneliness that could further compromise their health

 

Loneliness & Health

  • Poor health and loneliness go hand-in-hand
    • Those who are lonely are likely to have
      • Diagnosed depression: +374%
      • Psychological distress: +374%
      • Overall poor health: +278%
    • Which Comes First?
      • Chronic conditions increase the risk of loneliness
        • Substance abuse
        • Chronic physical illness
        • Dementia or Alzheimer’s
      • Loneliness can increase the risk of health issues
        • Diabetes
        • Heart disease
        • Substance abuse
      • How Does Loneliness Affect Immunity?
        • Loneliness leads to
          • Measurable effect on white blood cells, causing
            • Increased inflammation
            • Decreased antiviral activity
          • Increased norepinephrine which interferes with
            • “Fight or flight” response
            • Production of white blood cells

 

For seniors, extreme loneliness can increase the risk of death by 14%

 

Adult Day Care: Socialization Is Essential

  • What Is Adult Day Care?
    • Provides health, nutrition, exercise, and social services in a group setting
      • Allows adults in need of care to continue living at home for longer
      • Reduces daily burden and provides education for informal caregivers
    • Serves patients with chronic conditions requiring care and monitoring
      • Dementia: 50%
      • Hypertension: 46%
      • Physical disability: 42%
      • Cardiovascular disease: 34%
      • Diabetes: 31%
      • Mental illness: 25%
      • Developmental disability: 20%
    • The Benefits Of Day Care

[Call Out: Poor diet and lack of exercise have been linked to increased loneliness — Adult Day Care provides these in a group setting for both physical and social benefits]

  • Social Benefits
    • Social connections with other participants
    • Empowering relationships with staff
    • Engaging and enjoyable group activities
  • Health Benefits
    • Fewer ER visits and hospital admissions
    • Shorter hospitals stay when admitted
    • Delays cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients
  • Cost Benefits
    • Annually, day care costs $56,540 less per person than a nursing home
    • 47% of day care participants qualify for nursing home care
    • 20% would move in within a few months of losing day care services
  • Adult Day Care In The Age Of Coronavirus

After a stroke, loneliness is linked to greater risk of depression and poor recovery — But, weekly telehealth sessions for discussion and exercise significantly reduced loneliness for stroke survivors and caregivers

  • Many 911 calls are for services that could be provided elsewhere — using limited emergency resources need to fight the virus
    • Seniors living alone and looking for someone to talk to
    • Those in need of medical care but lacking transportation
    • Adults with insufficient help or poorly managed conditions
  • While in-person programs have closed to protect patients from COVID-19 — Many are continuing to offer remote services
    • Daily check-in calls and medication reminders
    • Caregiver assistance, education, and medical guidance
    • Companionship calls and social teleconferencing
    • Grocery shopping and food delivery assistance

 

CTA: Adult Day Care is essential — Help make our voice heard!

 

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Sources:

https://creakyjoints.org/support/coping-with-loneliness-chronic-illness/

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/27/745017374/isolated-and-struggling-many-seniors-are-turning-to-suicide

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understanding-grief/202001/why-do-the-elderly-commit-suicide

https://www.cigna.com/about-us/newsroom/studies-and-reports/combatting-loneliness/

https://www.cigna.com/individuals-families/health-wellness/chronic-loneliness

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303084#CTRA-gene-expression-fueled-by-disrupted-fight-or-flight-signaling

https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/57/6/e85/3072901

https://madsa.net/adult-day-health-programs-save-state-dollars-and-improve-health-care

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5513556/

https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/57/3/552/2632072

https://madsa.net/adult-day-health-programs-save-state-dollars-and-improve-health-care

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4636039/

http://lcius.com/publications/publications/caregiver-with-a-badge-the-abuse-of-911-emergency-services-to-fill-gaps-in-care/

https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/as-city-encourages-remote-options-such-as-telecommuting-and-virtual-conferences-to-combat-spread-of-coronavirus-bp-adams-and-local-doctors-call-for-expansion-of-telemedicine-mobile-testing-centers/

 

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