WHAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE ELDERLY:
> Poverty Is Still a Serious Issue for Senior Citizens. Over 16% of senior citizens live in poverty.
> Seniors Citizens Still Drive, Even When They Shouldn't. About 80% of seniors own a car and drive frequently. Whereas only 1% of senior deaths is due to a motor vehicle accident, they are more likely to have crashes at intersections than other age groups.
> Only 3.6% of people over 65 years old are in nursing homes. Elderly men are likely to live with a spouse while elderly women are more likely to live alone.
> By age 75, about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women don't get ANY physical activity.
> 4 in 5 older adults will battle at least one chronic condition or illness such as heart disorders, arthritis, or osteoporosis. 50% will battle at least two.
> Regardless of the facts of a person’s isolation, seniors who feel lonely and isolated are more likely to report also having poor physical and/or mental health.
> Perceived loneliness contributes to cognitive decline and risk of dementia.
> Loneliness causes high blood pressure. Early interventions for loneliness may be key to preventing both the isolation and associated health risks.
> Lonely people are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior. People who are socially isolated or lonely are also more likely to report risky health behaviors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking.
> Social support can help encourage seniors to eat well, exercise, and live healthy lifestyles.