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All too many times overwhelmed caregivers are physically and emotionally depleted and need to take time to rest and care for themselves. Believing in a holistic approach to caregiver stress and a strong commitment to helping our members find the right solutions, we created this blog to help you connect with others who, like you, may be facing the same eldercare issues and challenges. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and submit articles. Please forward the blog link to your family and friends. They'll be glad you did.

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Patricia Grace
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Aging with Grace

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Loneliness…an elder ill that can’t be treated with medicine.

Submitted by: Patricia Grace

Families often do not recognize the insidious impact of loneliness on their elderly loved ones. With new studies providing increased documentation of the correlation between loneliness and dementia I hope more family members will take notice of the importance of daily interaction and socialization for our elders.

Over the course of my career I have spoken with many families that only focus on the safety of a loved one with the goal of keeping that older person their home. Although most of us would agree that staying in our home is our preference, we must factor in the need for regular socialization & interaction for people of all ages.

A great option for keeping an aging parent in their home is Adult Day Care or Home Care. Both options provide the opportunity to stay in at home with regular social interaction. The following article by Kathleen Fackelmann from USA TODAY focuses on this issue.

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