Social isolation is a social issue where people avoid contact with one society. They are commonly seen nowadays preventing people from interacting with another as well as creating reliable relations, abating any chances for one to realize their destiny. This negative spiral immensely affects the opportunity for people holding a feeling of love and community toward others.
The social isolation risks rose up with development of social exclusion and hardship, such as addiction, divorce, disability, separation and illness. An also, people confront with predicament exacerbation by the
Aging and being old was dominated by negative characteristics and conditions such as illness, depression, and isolation for a long time (Eibach, Mock, & Courtney, 2010). At first glance the terms “success” and “aging” seem to be in conflict to each other. When asking people about aging, their answers have many facets that are also found in psychological definitions: successful aging is seen as health, maturity and personal growth, self-acceptance, happiness, generativity, coping, and acceptance of age-related limitations. In the psychological sense successful aging is also often seen as the absence of age-associated characteristics (Strawbridge, Wallhagen, & Cohen, 2002). It seems that successful aging means is not aging.
As adults enter the stage of later adulthood, many changes will begin to develop for each person. The aging process includes transitioning from work life to retirement, changes to roles, social positions, social policies, determining living accommodations with healthcare needs, and relationships with families and peers. The stage known as the golden years comes with great challenges while adjusting to the many changes in a person’s life. (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2010). Transition from work to retirement
The elderly population consists of 43 million Americans and will continue to grow with specialized experiences and needs, indicating this demographic requires public health awareness. (Ortman, Velkoff, Hogan 2014). Social isolation is one of the most prevalent health problems for the older adults, often overlooked, but important due to its detrimental impact on a patient’s physical and mental health. Social isolation is described as “ a state in which the individual lacks a sense of belonging socially, lacks engagement with others, has a minimal number of social contacts and they are deficient in fulfilling and quality relationships” (Nicholson Jr., 2009, p.1346). Evidence has shown that social isolation increases risk for morality (Perissinotto, Cenzer, Covinsky, 2012 p.1078-83), increases risk for re-hospitalization (Nicholson, 2012 p. 137-152), increases cardiovascular disease in women (Thurston, Kubzansky, 2009 p.836-42), a decline in cognitive function (Shankar, Hamer, Mcmunn, Steptoe, 2013 p.161-70) and
After spending an afternoon interviewing my elderly father-in-law, I gained insight into how he perceives the aging process and the impact on the quality of his life. First, and foremost he viewed aging in a very positive and healthy manner. He believes that a positive attitude assists in accepting physical and psychosocial changes and enjoyed the fact that he and his wife are both physically fit and cognitively alert. He felt confident that advances made in health care and the quality of their lives would continue to be empowering. He enjoys the benefits of being a senior citizen including discounted travel, free education, and other incentives marketed towards seniors. He expressed a sense of well-being with respect to the numerous
A study in 2013 found that social isolation increases the risk of death by 29%. It is a proven fact that human beings are created social creatures and can never exist in isolation because of the incompetency of fulfilling owns needs. According to Aristotle, the ultimate goal of a person’s life is to flourish and if one wants to flourish, the community needs to be flourish as well.
Successful aging is a complicated and multifaceted concept that varies contextually among individuals, disciplines, and even time. Gerontologists have traditionally considered a person to have aged successfully upon having reached old age with their physical health, mental well-being and spirit still intact. Ultimately, successful aging is a matter of personal perspective, largely influenced by an individual 's values and experiences. Even those within America 's elderly population hold conflicting perspectives on what it means to have aged successfully. A qualitative study published by Reichstadt and Sengupta titled Older Adults ' Perspectives on Successful Aging, concluded that “older adults viewed successful aging as a balance between self-acceptance and self-contentedness on one hand and engagement with life and self-growth in later life on the other” (Reichstadt, "Older Adults ' Perspectives on Successful Aging: Qualitative Interviews", pp. 567-575.)
This study investigated the difference between emotional and social loneliness using structural equation modeling, evaluated whether a two-dimensional or unidimensional conception of loneliness provides a better fit to the data. Second, the extent to which positive and negative social exchanges are associated with older adults’ loneliness was examined. Third, they also investigated whether the structure and social-exchange correlates of loneliness differ for currently married versus formerly married older
There are many reasons to why elderly persons can fall at risk of social isolation and loneliness. These factors can range anywhere from
People become isolated for different reasons. First of all, people are always too busy to talk to each other. For example, they try to waste their time using mobile phone rather than they talk to each other or make a relationship between them. Also, they feel that they have a lot of things to do, so they can not give others from their time. Moreover, sometimes they create things to do to avoid talking with people who do not know them before. Next, the second reason is people are afraid to start conversation. For instance, they feel shy to talk to people who do not know them before that moment. Also, they think about their attitude how will be like. However, they always think of strangers that they would steal from
The study of aging and old age is referred to as Gerontology (Stuart- Hamilton, 2011, p. 1). The study of Gerontology is concerned with the changes, which affect older adults (Stuart- Hamilton, 2011, p. 1). The main role of Gerontology is to not only explain the aging process, but to also improve older adults lives and experiences (Stuart- Hamilton, 2011, p. 18). Gerontology is interdisciplinary and there are three main disciplines, which are considered to be the essential foundations of the study (Alkema & Alley, 2006, p. 578). The disciplines include biology, sociology and psychology (Alkema & Alley, 2006, p. 578). The three disciplines allow aging to be considered from their own specific perspectives (Alkema & Alley, 2006, p. 578). The
"Healthcare professionals are becoming more aware of the important role social support plays in the lives of patients. In older adults such relationships may facilitate activity, provide a sense of purpose, and may even assist with the continued robust cognitive functioning. Research has shown that poorer social networks in older adults can
Social isolation refers to a lack of contact with members of one’s kind. In humans, it may be caused by a persistent withdrawal or avoidance of social contact or communication. It can contribute toward many emotional, behavioral and physical disorders including anxiety, eating disorders, panic attacks, addictions, substance abuse, and violence. In the film, The Village, written by M. Night Shyamalen, the villagers demonstrate the ritual view of communication throughout the entire movie.
‘Third Age’ and ‘Fourth Age’ what are they and why are they needed? Laslett, (1989), argues that these stages need to be added to the life cycle. As people are living longer lives, Laslett argues that we need to re address the stages of life to give an explanation to the new stages in life we now face. So as to give a full explanation to the ‘Third Age’ and ‘Fourth Age’ I will use various case studies to reflect how these fall into practice within people’s everyday lives? The impact it may have on a person and ways in which this could benefit certain people throughout certain stages of life. Also, whether they will be of any advantage