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Original post: Loneliness

WIFCenter for Research on Longevity, Aging and Health (CITED) – Cuba, founded on May 7, 1992 by Fidel Castro Ruz, is the National Reference Center for the development of Gerontology and Geriatric, as well as for research on longevity issues. Aging and health in the elderly. It also assumes a leading role in the training and preparation of human resources dedicated to the care of the elderly.

Loneliness according the geriatrics it’s a painful and feared feeling for a large number of older people.

And while the feelings generated by loneliness are certainly not exclusive to the elderly and can be attributed to all ages, according to the WHO, in asserting that mental health and emotional well-being have the same importance in older age as in any other period of Life, certainly affects older adults more.

“In addition to the general causes of stress that everyone faces, many older adults are deprived of the ability to live independently due to mobility difficulties, chronic pain, fragility or other mental or physical problems, so that they need assistance long-term. In addition, experiences such as pain for the death of a loved one, a decline in socioeconomic status as a consequence of retirement, or disability are more common among the elderly. All these factors can lead to isolation, loss of independence, loneliness and anguish »

Older adults are also vulnerable to abuse, which is not only limited to causing physical injuries but also serious chronic psychic problems, such as depression and anxiety.

They also define the  accompanied loneliness: the oldest lives with other members of the family but does not receive the attention they deserves, their interests and opinions are disparaged, they are isolated and confined to solitude +  the real loneliness: the oldest lives without any company here the feelings of abandonment, lack of love and defenselessness are even stronger and therefore the depression.

“Even if it is not intentional, we can stop giving the older adult the attention he needs if we do not know what he needs; And this is at the base of every human relationship.”  Roxana Celia Ricart Menéndez, Cuban Center for Research on Longevity, Aging and Health.

How to help them:

  • Believe in their ability to change things, to trust them and to stop preparing and planning their lives
  • Encourage them to use the mind creatively: write a diary, a letter, read, meditate
  • To promote the exchange with the youngest of the house as a tool capable of facilitating the ties between generations
  • Avoid being mistreated with thoughts, feelings and actions of self-loathing
  • To help them discover all that is good in them and to rejoice for this reason as many times as necessary are some simple strategies that help combat isolation and loneliness
  • And that older people are above all satisfied with themselves