(NewsUSA) – Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older – and it may play a greater role than obesity as a public health hazard, according to research at Brigham Young University.
But what does “social isolation” really mean? It’s how often we interact with others, and how much we enjoy those connections. In fact, social interaction is so important that it’s actually a key factor in maintaining good health.
As we age, a support system is more important than ever – because often, basic life circumstances may have changed. For example, seniors may be on a fixed income, with less money to spend on eating out. Or may not see well enough to drive. Bottom line, it can become difficult to fulfill the basic human need to connect with others.
“Relationships really do matter when it comes to healthy aging, because there’s a strong correlation between a satisfying social life and a senior’s overall well-being,” says Larry Weinstein M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Humana Behavioral Health. “If you’re feeling isolated, the first step is to talk your doctor, and it’s important to reach out to family and friends for encouragement and support. There also are lifestyle changes we can make to better nurture our emotional health, and by extension, our physical health.”
Humana’s Dr. Weinstein recommends five ways in which to become more active and engaged:
When it comes to maintaining good health, social interaction matters. If you – or a loved one – are struggling with social isolation, please contact your physician.
And for more information on health and wellness, please visit humana.com.
Because it took a while to write my latest book –Thunder Prime, Hunter’s Light – you might think the process was a real drag. SO not so. Part of the problem was a tendency to go down divergent paths that complicated a basically simple story. I don’t think I’ll write another Thunder Prime novel, but in Hunter’s Light, there are a couple of characters with their own stories to tell. We shall see.
Between Bawdy McClure and Hunter’s Light, I published two novels – Finding Family and Blind Curve – and two chap books of poetry. In other words, I have not been idle, I’ve just had a dickens of a time focusing. For quite a while I wrote with some frequency on One Roof Publishing, also my author website, consequently the actual NAME of the site, but for the last three months I’ve been doing other things. Now it’s time to do the thing I most want to do, write and publish.
I’m reminded regularly that it’s a no-no to ask people to buy my books. The blogging gurus say to provide worthwhile content that serves the greater good. I don’t mind that, but guess what, I’m a writer. The only way I am compensated for my work, is when you buy my books. So, please, buy my books.
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