Old-Age And Loneliness

Depression/ loneliness have no age. It can happen to anyone at any age. The elderlies are most affected by it. If you are worried that your loved ones are at risk of loneliness, there are some signs you can look out for. Spotting the signs early will make you able to make sure that they get the help and support they need as early as possible.

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Causes of Loneliness

  • Verbal clues - When you speak to them, they may mention that they are feeling lonely. Even if they don't actually use the word 'lonely', try to read between the lines.

  • Changes in behavior - Loneliness may lead them to appear miserable, down or defeated. It may be the case that they stop engaging with others. On the other hand, they may talk a lot more than usual when they have the opportunity, or want extra physical contact, such as longer hugs.

  • Health issues – They may suffer unexplained health issues, such as imaginary mental issues.

  • Befriending unlikely people - If your relative has started to spend time with someone you feel may be untrustworthy, you should try to speak to them about it. We provide a wealth of information about Scams and older people, including phone and postal scams as well as doorstep scams.

  • Retirement - people might miss day-to-day contact with work colleagues, plus the routine of getting ready and going out to work. When all of a sudden their routine changes, they may feel lonely hence leading to depression.

  • Lack of friends and companions - friends may have passed away, no longer live in the same area or have restricted mobility that stops them from getting. This leads in loneliness as they miss they time they use to spend with their friends.

  • Poor physical health - ill health can make it more difficult to socialize as due to ailments, elderlies can’t go out as they use to making them more mentally ill and leads to depression.

  • Financial difficulties - in addition to causing stress, financial problems can also limit travel. Not being able to leave the house as often as they'd like reduces opportunities for social contact and can lead to feelings of social isolation.

Click here: Problems to look upon for healthy ageing

 As individuals grow older, they are faced with numerous physical, psychological and social role changes that challenge their sense of self and capacity to live happily. Depression and loneliness are considered to be the major problems leading to impaired quality of life among elderly persons. At the same time, old age can also be an opportunity for making new friends, developing new interests, discovering fresh ways of service, spending more time in fellowship with God. It can be happy and winsome or empty and sad — depending largely on the faith and grace of the person involved. Therefore, the present study was undertaken with the main purpose of studying the relationships among depression, loneliness and sociability in a group of elderly people and also to determine gender differences with respect to the above relationships of variables.