Isolation & Loneliness
The serious mental and physical health impacts of loneliness and social isolation, especially among seniors, are well documented. A comprehensive report by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that “social isolation presents a major risk for premature mortality, comparable to other risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, or obesity.” Loneliness has also been connected to an increase in rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, and heart failure while social isolation increases risk of dementia by almost 50%. Dealing with loneliness can be particularly challenging because it can show up in different ways for different people, and those experiencing it may not be fully aware of its impact or fear that healthcare providers may not consider it a “real” medical condition.
Therapy helps people give voice to their loneliness, explore its root causes, how it’s impacting their lives, and talk through ways to overcome it. A trained therapist will listen with compassion and help someone gently move to a place of belonging and connection to others. Changes in lifestyle, the loss of a loved one, a move to a new neighborhood or city can all contribute to loneliness and social isolation. Therapy provides a sustainable path to well-being because it centers on what an individual truly needs to feel nurtured and nourished.
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