Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Loneliness May Lead to Early Disability

In a recent study, researchers found out that older adults living alone are more prone to suffer from early disability and die sooner than other older adults who are more social.

Apparently, one’s healthy old age depends on the kind of family ties, friends, and community that an individual has.

According to a research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, loneliness in adults aged 60 and older usually comes with a 45 percent higher risk of dying over the next six years of their lives. Meanwhile, a separate study found out that people living alone and with heart ailments are 25 percent more possible to die from any cause.

Researchers noted that about one out of seven Americans live alone. One of the study’s authors, Carla Perissinotto, of the first study that examined the relation between social isolation and death in the U.S. population, points to the importance of brining up psychological needs along with medical ones in improving older adults’ health.

News reports showed that Perissinotto stated in a phone interview that people cannot continue ignoring things that are occurring in their lives. Perissinotto is an assistant professor of medicine and geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Perissinotto claimed that if people continue to turn a blind eye to what most patients are experiencing at home, we may be missing an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s health. 

Also, Deepak Bhatt, the chief of cardiology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the senior author on the cardiac risk and loneliness study, said that psychological stresses brought about by loneliness, which includes anxiety and depression, can trigger heart risks.

Although social security disability insurance can be awarded to those people who have exhibited a severe, current physical or mental impairment, which includes permanent disability that is not possible to improve under any circumstances within a year, there would still be nothing better than working and earning for your own living as long as you can.

However, in case of denied disability benefits, Los Angeles social security disability lawyers who specialized in claims involving permanent disability and other disability claims, are always available to help you.