One of the toughest decisions a guardian will have to make is whether a senior should continue to remain at home by himself/herself. A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology indicated that living alone was NOT superior in every way for people over 65. Those who share a home with a spouse or partner were less likely to report serious psychological distress than were older people without companions. Mental health affects physical health and that’s why older adults’ psychological well-being deserves more attention according to Judith Weissman, the study’s lead author who is an epidemiologist and research manager for the Department of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.
Sociologists’ suggest that this support can come from renewing social connections. Seniors should not be socially isolated. Rather, encourage them to find new friends, new activities and new organizations that can offer assistance. The AARP points out that problems sleeping, lack of appetite and an inability to concentrate may be signs of a senior who lacks emotional support.