The Challenge of Social Isolation (Part I)
We constantly seek social interaction. From childhood to adulthood, we practise our skills in connecting with people. However, our ability to socialise depends on physical and psychological factors. Physically, we can socialise because it is easy for us to go to places where we can meet with people. On the psychological side, we tend to connect with like-minded people.
But as we age, some factors affect our ability to stay socially connected. On the physical side, we may struggle with mobility issues, or family and friends moving to a different city, or friends passing away.
Psychologically, our ability to stay socially connected may diminish as we experience major role changes, like retirement or the death of a spouse. Indeed, we may lose our sense of purpose. It is well documented that staying mentally active and socially connected is key to healthy aging.