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Senior Health (cont.)

Social Issues and Seniors

Social circumstances can have a significant impact on physical and mental health of seniors. Some of the important social and psychological problems for seniors may stem from:

  • Loneliness due to losing a spouse and long term friends
  • Taking care of an ill spouse
  • Difficulty with independently managing regular activities of living
  • Adjusting and accepting physical changes of aging
  • Coping with ongoing medical problems
  • Increasing number of daily medications
  • Feeling isolated and less important as adult children are engaged in their own lives
  • Sense of inadequacy from inability to work
  • Lack of routine daily activities
  • Financial constraints from having less income

These are some of the common factors impacting the overall health of older individuals. Addressing these issues makes comprehensive care of the elderly complex and multi-dimensional.

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