Family members can reduce social isolation, shown in clinical studies to be a major cause of depression and dementia.
The Konnekt Videophone also lets carers check for signs of stress or poor health:
Studies show that frequent FACE-TO-FACE contact, with family and friends, can improve mental and physical health:
Those without FACE-TO-FACE contact with FAMILY or FRIENDS at least 3 TIMES PER WEEK have DOUBLE the risk of DEPRESSION
A recent OHSU study of 11,000 seniors shows that social contact can HALVE the incidence of depression over 2 years:
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Oct 2015.
Nearly half of elderly nursing home patients are depressed
Dr D. Meyer study “Social isolation and telecommunication” of nursing homes concludes:
Source: Gerontechnology, 2011 Vol 10.
A study “Quality in Ageing and Older Adults” shows that social relationships:
Sources: “Social Isolation Kills, but how and why?” Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol 63; and an analysis of 148 studies published in PLoS Medicine, Jul 2010.
Happiness is associated with health in older adults
Studies suggest grinning and laughter are the best medicine:
Feelings of loneliness predict dementia onset
The 3-year Amsterdam Study of 2,173 elderly shows that:
Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 2014.
Loneliness can lead to sleep fragmentation
Sources: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2011; Health Psychology, Mar 2010
Loneliness can lead to high blood pressure
Sources: Psychology and Aging, Mar 2010; Science Daily, Mar 2006
Loneliness increases functional decline
A University of California UCSF study of Health and Retirement shows that:
Source: JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine, Jun 2012
Social isolation is significantly associated with greater mortality
An English Longitudinal Study of Ageing shows that:
Source: Proc National Academy of Sciences 2013.