Loneliness and social isolation are often mistaken as passing emotions that self-correct over time, but this is not always the case. Aging experts found that the impact of chronic loneliness and social isolation can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and deem it a public health epidemic. According to the National Institute on Aging, loneliness and social isolation increase the risk of mental health conditions like depression and cognitive impairment, and physical conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. The impact is even greater in older adults in the United States as nearly half (46%) of the senior population struggles with social isolation.
Feeling anxious about going to the doctor is completely normal. While we certainly honor the expertise of health professionals and appreciate having access to resources that prevent and treat medical conditions, fear and apprehension still keeps some patients from receiving the care they need. The reasons for apprehension vary, but are largely tied to some level of uncertainty. Fear of the unknown leaves room to imagine all the things that could go wrong and alarms us to the point of avoidance. The good news is you can alleviate some of your fears by adhering to these seven practices:
Movember Is Here!
Join in the Movement to Bring Awareness to Men’s Health
Take a look around and if you gather that in the streets there seem to be an exceptionally large number of mustachioed gentlemen romping about town, chances are it’s Movember.