Why do my parents feel Isolated and lonely?

Understanding why the elderly get lonely

Annissa Turnbull

6/29/20231 min read

grayscale photo of closed-eyes woman isolated and lonely
grayscale photo of closed-eyes woman isolated and lonely

Old age can bring with it a sense of isolation and loneliness for many individuals. There are various factors that contribute to this phenomenon. Firstly, as people age, they may experience physical limitations that restrict their mobility, making it difficult for them to engage in social activities or maintain social connections. Additionally, the loss of loved ones and friends over time can leave older individuals feeling bereaved and detached from their social networks. Furthermore, retirement can lead to a lack of daily interaction and a sense of purpose, further exacerbating feelings of loneliness. Lastly, societal attitudes towards aging can often marginalize older individuals, leading to social exclusion and a lack of opportunities for meaningful engagement. These combined factors can contribute to the isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people.