Valentine's Day is a time of year when many of us celebrate love and relationships. However, for some people, Valentine's Day is not a day for a romantic celebration. In response to this, some people have created "Singles Awareness Day," celebrated on February 15th, to celebrate independence and to recognise the importance of self-love and self-care.
But while Singles Awareness Day is often seen as a lighthearted way to celebrate being single, it is important to remember that many people in our society are dealing with losing their loved ones. This is especially true for elderly people who are living alone.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently over 34 million older adults living alone in the United States. This number is expected to grow as the population ages, and people live longer. While living alone can be a positive choice for some older adults, it can also be a source of loneliness and isolation.
Loneliness and isolation can have a significant impact on an older adult's physical and mental health. Studies have shown that loneliness and isolation can lead to an increased risk of depression, heart disease, and cognitive decline. Additionally, older adults living alone are at a higher risk for accidents and injuries due to falls and other hazards.
Ways to support older adults
To support older adults living alone, it is important to create opportunities to interact ad engage with others. This includes community centres, senior centres, and faith-based organisations. These organisations can provide a sense of community and belonging for older adults, as well as provide opportunities for socialisation and engagement.
Another way to support older adults living alone is through technology. Telehealth and telemedicine services can allow older adults to connect with healthcare providers remotely, which can be especially helpful for those unable to leave their homes. Additionally, social media and video conferencing can allow older adults to stay connected with family and friends, even if they are not able to see them in person.
It is also essential to support older adults living alone through public policy. This includes affordable housing, transportation, and in-home care services. These services can help older adults maintain their independence and autonomy while ensuring they have the support they need to stay safe and healthy.
To support older adults living alone, it is important to create opportunities for connection and engagement, as well as provide access to technology, public policy and social services to help them maintain their independence and autonomy. GG care’s Alexa voice companion technology allows its users to stay connected and maintain their relationships with others through regular routines and the special reminders feature! On this Singles Awareness Day, let's remember to reach out to the older adults in our lives and offer our support and companionship.