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social isolation

Assumptions vs. reality

It’s easy to make assumptions about the older adults in our lives. But what if those assumptions are incorrect? A family caregiver who seems fine may actually be overwhelmed and losing touch with their social circle. Your longtime friend who’s been less social just might not have the money to go out.

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Connect2Affect I know it’s hard for Tia Elena to have to take care of Aunt Ruby all the time, but at least she’s not alone. That’s the nice thing about being married — you always have company.
Young couple talking in bedroom
Connect2Affect Sometimes I feel so alone and trapped. It would be nice to get out of the apartment and take a break, but I can't just leave Ruby here by herself.
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Man in bed, woman bringing him a beverage.
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Connect2Affect Sometimes I feel so alone and trapped. It would be nice to get out of the apartment and take a break, but I can't just leave Ruby here by herself.
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Connect2Affect I invited Carol to have lunch with us today, but she said no. Again. She’s gotten so antisocial.
Older women friends chatting at a table.
Connect2Affect I miss seeing Diane and Sheila, but I’m on a fixed income now. I can’t afford to go to lunch with them every week like I used to.
Woman standing in a kitchen.
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Connect2Affect I miss seeing Diane and Sheila, but I’m on a fixed income now. I can’t afford to go to lunch with them every week like I used to.
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Connect2Affect I miss talking to people. My friends call me, but it's hard to understand them over the phone.
Older man speaking on a telephone.
Connect2Affect You may have hearing loss and not realize it. That can be a big barrier to socializing. You should come in for a hearing test.
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Doctor sitting at his desk.
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Connect2Affect You may have hearing loss and not realize it. That can be a big barrier to socializing. You should come in for a hearing test.
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Connect2Affect I want to go to Sadhita’s party, but I’m scared to drive at night. I don’t like to bother my family, but I wish someone would offer to take me.
Older man standing in a room.
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Connect2Affect Baba, don’t forget my graduation party is at your favorite restaurant on Friday! We’ll see you there, right?
Older man talking with younger woman.
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Connect2Affect I want to go to Sadhita’s party, but I’m scared to drive at night. I don’t like to bother my family, but I wish someone would offer to take me.
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Connect2Affect That's not exactly true. Loneliness and isolation are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Human beings really do need social connections to thrive.
pack of cigarettes.
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Connect2Affect I feel lonely and bored a lot, but I just deal with it. I mean, you can't die from loneliness.
Man by himself at table with food.
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Connect2Affect That's not exactly true. Loneliness and isolation are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Human beings really do need social connections to thrive.
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