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The Dangers of Senior Social Isolation


Photo courtesy North Hills Community Outreach
Photo courtesy North Hills Community Outreach

There is no doubt that social isolation can have a detrimental impact on both mental and physical health. For seniors, this isolation can have an even greater impact. According to the National Council on Aging, social isolation and loneliness can put older adults at greater risk for a host of medical problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and death.


Assisting seniors facing social isolation is a key focal point for many local organizations, particularly during and in the after math of COVID.