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.
Personalized Virtual Care Anywhere
Taking care of your health doesn’t have to be a pain thanks to telehealth. Telehealth uses technology to facilitate and provide healthcare remotely. These services can range from sending your doctor an email to a surgeon using robotic technology to perform surgery from another location. While the concept sounds futuristic, medical professionals have been employing telehealth for over 100 years!