Articles of Interest
The news is full of stories related to aging, senior issues, caregiving, and volunteerism. Below you will find a sampling of recent articles from a variety of news sources relating to the DOROT community.
May 13, 2013
Shaking Off Loneliness
Social isolation can adversely affect health, undermining the ability to self-regulate, raising stress and increasing inflammation, studies show.
April 22, 2013
How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years
As Americans live longer and the stigma of psychological help diminishes, more elderly people are trying therapy to alleviate problems they face late in life.
March 28, 2013
Social Isolation, Not Just Feeling Lonely, May Shorten Lives
Feeling lonely seems to go hand in hand with being isolated, but there’s a difference, according to a growing body of research.
It’s no secret that people who are socially isolated tend to be at greater risk of health issues, from mood disorders like depression to stress–related chronic conditions like heart disease. But what is really responsible for these negative outcomes — the emotional toll of feeling alone or the physical and social lack of contact with others?
December 28, 2012
Health Effects of Social Isolation
Lisa Berkman on how isolation affects our aging society — and how to reduce it.
November 6, 2012
Frail Elderly At Higher Risk For Hunger: Study
Imagine an older woman who lives up the street who has trouble getting around physically, says Oregon State University researcher Ellen Smit. "She may be at risk for food insufficiency — hunger — just because she has trouble getting around."
September 11, 2012
A Longer Life Is Lived With Company
You die alone, philosophers say. But you could die sooner if you live your life in loneliness. Close connections to friends and family may ward off poor health and premature death, recent research suggests.
August 23, 2012
Social Interaction Study Highlights Loneliness and Isolation as Heath Risks for Elders
To reduce the stress of uncertainty, elder law addresses the financial, medical and legal concerns that accompany aging. It’s about ensuring that your preferences are respected, preparing for life’s uncertainties and reducing family stress. A study from the University of California, San Francisco, which examined how social interaction can impact quality of life in the elderly found that a sense of loneliness and isolation can lead to a decline in physical health, and in some cases, even early death.
June 18, 2012
Loneliness Linked to Serious Health Problems and Death Among Elderly
Loneliness — the unpleasant feeling of emptiness or desolation — can creep in and cause suffering to people at any age. But it can be especially debilitating to older adults and may predict serious health problems and even death, according to a new study by UCSF researchers.
June 12, 2012
The Neighbors Who Don’t Knock
No one on the floor can say how or why it happened, what made them different from other residents in the building. Maybe it began with a small thing: a cup of coffee brought from across the hall, a phone call at night to make sure the day’s demons were not filling up the dark.
April 30, 2012
80 is the new 50: City seniors are not the retiring type: Census data
While people older than 75 make up just 1% of the nation’s workforce, that age group accounts for the most dramatic rise in employment mdash; a 158% uptick since 1990, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
April 26, 2012
Respect your elders: Bed–Stuy launches an ‘Aging Improvement District’
A new program to make Bed–Stuy a better place to grow old promises seating for seniors in long checkout lines and elders–only hours at local banks.
April 9, 2012
Aging makes people more vulnerable to depression, but the problem can be treated
Aging makes people more vulnerable to depression, but issue can be treated if recognized.
March 27, 2012
Forging Social Connections for Longer Life
A blog post by a writer that assesses the need for strong and active relationships on the second anniversary of her husband’s death.