Loneliness and Chronic Illness

By Refadoc, Posted on : Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 11:53 pm IST

Loneliness and Chronic Illness

One of the recent researches have been able to find that for people of age 70 and above, who struggle with a chronic illness, loneliness can often be a complicating factor. Researchers looked at 121 people mostly in their 70’s and above and were able to find that the feeling of loneliness tend to rise after the onset of a chronic health problem. This was even true for people who had been married to the same partner for 50 years or more.

The study was able to point out that social ties play a major role when it comes with coping with a serious disorder in the later stage of our lives. In some cases, just being around a partner was not helpful enough. Older adults, who have been battling with a serious illness, can reduce their risk of fighting loneliness by trying to maintain a positive outlook towards life and by not blaming their illness on themselves in the first place. Some of the strategies which can help adults are to stay motivated and to socialize more in order to prevent depression. Isolation oneself is never the solution out of any problem.

On the other hand, putting a halt on the socializing is only going to make the disease go down the spiral. Dealing with a chronic illness should never prevent you from trying to get out there if you cam. The society needs to find better ways in order to help adults in order to deal with chronic illness by remaining socially engaged.

Loneliness on the other hand, can lead to more complications which mean that measures need to be taken in order to prevent the effects of the disease from looping around. Finding different ways to connect with the other people is also going to mean that you are less likely to blame yourself for the condition, if you cannot find that you can count on your partner to fill up on the gap. 

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