Monthly Archives: May 2017
Social isolation is a growing problem across all age groups, but particularly those aged 65 and older. People who experience social isolation often also experience mental health issues. Over the last three decades, people who express feeling lonely has doubled to 40 percent.
Nearly one-third of people over the age of 65 live alone. The number is even greater for those over 85. Close to 50 percent of these senior citizens live without the company of another human being. Those who are in poor health are the most likely to have feelings of loneliness and depression. Research has shown that this extreme loneliness can cause altered immune systems, inflammation, disrupted sleep and higher levels of stress.
Dogwood Forest loves service work. We service our residents, and we absolutely love giving back! We also love when others do as well! We recently hosted students from Mount Paran Christian School. Students from multiple grade levels volunteered at Dogwood Forest of Acworth as part of their first ever Family Day of Service. The service day involved students volunteering at 15 different locations across Cobb County. At Dogwood Forest, students and their families organized closets, knitted, painted nails, and lead activities.
Here are a few pictures from our awesome day!