Social isolation has its own negative health impacts for older adults

Staying home and practicing social distancing are important ways for older adults to reduce their risk of COVID-19 exposure. However, following these guidelines means many older adults are now more isolated and inactive, creating new health risks. Experiencing loneliness and feeling isolated were challenges for nearly a quarter of older adults even before the pandemic and are associated with higher rates of chronic diseases and psychiatric disorders. Texas A&M researchers outline strategies that older adults can employ to stay connected and active, including continuing physical activity, reaching out to others via phone, accepting help from individuals and organizations, and planning out their days to provide structure. #covid-19 #mentalhealth

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