A survey of older adults in Scotland found that social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has increased their feelings of loneliness. More than half of older adults (56%) blamed social distancing regulations for their increased sense of loneliness. Feeling more alone was significantly associated with seniors’ smaller social network, lower perceived social support and a decrease in social support frequency, quality and amount as well as a decline in their health and well-being. In contrast, about 40% of older adults reported walking less than before the lockdown, and almost as many participated in reduced amounts of moderate physical activity. For related coverage, read “Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing.”
At Wellness Axis we want to encourage habits of wellness, Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to support a sense of community. Wellness can be thought of as the quality or state of being in good health.