Isolation Hinders Recovery Process and Raises Stress Levels, Says Dr. Oz

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringBy Becky Squires, a writer-editor for AARP Foundation || In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz said he now insists that all the patients he operates on bring someone who loves them with them to the hospital. “If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won’t,” the well-known heart surgeon explained, adding that there is a lot of evidence that being isolated breeds illness in our modern world. “When …

Caregiving Alert: The Consequences of Loneliness

Posted on 07/30/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

Caregiving“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. Two can be as bad as one. It’s the loneliest number since the number one.” It seems that singer/lyricist Harry Nilson was onto something. A new University of California, San Francisco study on the impact of loneliness in later life underscores the importance of social support. UCSF geriatricians discovered that loneliness and isolation can lead to a decline in physical health and even early death. Related: All the Lonely People They’re …

Living Alone: One Man’s Lament Touches Nerve With Readers

Posted on 07/18/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAn emotionally moving essay in the Washington Post last week about the loneliness and frustrations of assisted living has sparked an equally emotional outpouring from readers. More than 530 readers commented online and many sent letters after 62-year-old Martin Bayne wrote about his experience with impersonal administrators, underpaid but hardworking staff, lonely residents, and rooms that, ironically, aren’t set up for people in wheelchairs. Bayne acknowledged that, outwardly, his facility is impressive — clean, attractive, with good quality food and …