How can Social Issues affect the Life and Health of Seniors?

Social issues can have a significant impact on life and both physical and mental health for seniors. Some of the major contributors to social and psychological problems for seniors are as follows:

Loneliness from losing a spouse and friends

Inability to independently manage regular activities of living

Difficulty coping and accepting physical changes of aging

Frustration with ongoing medical problems and increasing number of medications

Social isolation as adult children are engaged in their own lives

Feeling inadequate from inability to continue to work

Boredom from retirement and lack of routine activities

Financial stresses from the loss of regular income

These factors can have a negative impact on overall health of an older individual. Addressing these psychological problems is an integral component of seniors’ complex medical care.


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