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Loneliness and the Elderly

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Elderly Care | 0 comments

In this modern world wherein communication with other people can be done with an easy click of the mouse, brush of the keys, or the mere pushing of a button, studies have shown that societies in this day and age experience bouts of loneliness more so than people from the past. This includes seniors, especially seniors in seclusion.

Elderly citizens who usually feel the brunt of loneliness are those who live alone, regardless of whether they have children or grandchildren, or they have none. This is because a young person can afford to live alone, what with modern technology occupying his time and his youth making him available to activities of the body. For the old person, activities which require muscle strength are a thing of the past; what they most need during these times is someone they can talk to and someone who can spend time with them.

This is what Meals on Wheels, a program that seeks to provide food for people – usually the elderly – who cannot purchase or prepare their own food, aims to give the elderly.

Alexandria, Virginia-based Meals on Wheels Association of America chief executive offcier Ellie Hollaner said a third of the organization’s funding comes from the federal government while the other two-thirds come from state governments and local and national charities. The program aims to keep poor senior citizens from having to pay expensive bills for expensive nursing homes and similar facilities.

According to SeniorAdvice.com, many elderly citizens are poor and suffer from malnourishment and sickness, with most of them having barely enough money to spend for food, rent, medicine, or even clothes. This is because a lot of them were not able to save enough money during their youth – either because of unfortunate circumstances in life or the very inability to gain proper employment in the first place.

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