Recently there has been much discussion about the isolation of the elderly and its health and emotional side effects. Doctors now believe that isolation has the same effect on the body as does smoking several packs of cigarettes a day. Lack of social interaction also leads to cognitive decline and increased depression.
2/3 of elderly say their only companion is the TV. These people have no physical touch or conversation from other people. There is no need to bathe or dress. Please consider saying “hello” to the elderly when you pass them by or stop to talk to your isolated neighbor. It might just make both of you feel good!