Loneliness is an epidemic, and even before the pandemic it was a serious problem. Chronic loneliness can shorten life spans up to 20 years, which is a bigger impact to health than obesity or alcoholism. Last year 61% of Americans felt lonely, and this figure is higher when you break it into different age groups and the disability population. Seniors and the disabled find it most difficult to get out of the house under normal circumstances, but during a pandemic it is nearly impossible to get the type of social interaction needed to stay mentally fit.
Fortunately there are services that can help check in on people and keep their mental health strong. Learn more about adult daycare in a pandemic below.