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Isolation and Loneliness are Harmful to Seniors and Should be Avoided

August 24th, 2023

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Isolation and loneliness can have negative effects on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of seniors. As human beings, we thrive on social interaction, companionship, and a sense of belonging. In today’s fast-paced world, many seniors find themselves facing the challenges of isolation and loneliness.

Senior communities like CRISTA Senior Living provide a nurturing environment and support system for seniors in their golden years. Surrounded by peers and nurtured by compassionate staff, our seniors live fulfilling and engaged lives.

The Impact of Isolation and Loneliness on Seniors

As individuals age, they experience the loss of loved ones, retirement, and reduced mobility, leading to decreased social interactions. Physical concerns may cause them to stop driving, which takes away independence and further isolates them. When living alone, the loss of physical touch and daily interactions with people can be a source of grief.

How Isolation Affects Physical Health for Seniors

Researchers have linked isolation to physical health issues among seniors, including an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and a weakened immune system. Lack of regular physical activity and poor nutrition, combined with a lack of social engagement, can greatly impact their well-being.

According to the National Institute for Health, “Emotional pain can activate the same stress responses in the body as physical pain. When this goes on for a long time, it can lead to chronic inflammation (overactive or prolonged release of factors that can damage tissues) and reduced immunity (ability to fight off disease). This raises your risk of chronic diseases and can make you more vulnerable to some infectious diseases.”

Isolation’s Impact on Mental and Emotional Well-Being

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Isolation often takes a toll on the mental and emotional health of seniors. Feelings of sadness, anxiety, and depression are common, and they may also experience cognitive decline faster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention associate social isolation with a 50 percent increase in dementia. The lack of intellectual stimulation and meaningful connections can speed up cognitive decline and reduce life satisfaction.

CRISTA Senior Living Prevents Isolation and Loneliness

CRISTA Senior Living is a ray of hope for seniors seeking companionship, engagement, and purpose. As a faith-based community, we are dedicated to serving seniors by creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere that addresses their unique needs. CRISTA Senior Living in Shoreline, WA and Crista Shores in Silverdale, WA offer a wide range of programs and activities designed to engage and stimulate residents. From art classes, book clubs, and gardening to fitness programs and spiritual support, we provide opportunities for seniors to connect with others, pursue their interests, and maintain an active lifestyle. These foster a sense of purpose, combat loneliness, and promote well-being.

While isolation and loneliness can pose significant challenges to seniors, they are not inevitable. By living in a nurturing environment like CRISTA Senior Living, seniors make friends, spend time with like-minded people, and enjoy some of the best times of their lives.

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What People Are Saying …

I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.

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CRISTA has been a warm, friendly atmosphere to be a part of these past two years. It encourages friendships that encourage a pleasant living environment.

Marty Victor, CWP

Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.

Resident's Daughter, Memory Care

Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.

I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.

I am so stunned by all the amazing people who live at CRISTA. The depth of their stories, their experiences are so powerful. They are fascinating and I learn something new every day! Such a wealth of intellect, experiences, and fun loving people. I love living here.

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