Social isolation of the elderly

Other Names:
Isolated senior citizens
Isolated non-participating elders in urban environments
Preclusion of elders' participation by image

Isolating elders in retirement homes places them in a static relationship to society. The individual is forced to operate out of a reduced context, his capacity to function in society is limited. The elder's role becomes irrelevant perpetuating the need for isolation. There is strong evidence that senility sets in sooner and faster with limited physical and intellectual stimulation.

In the European Union, 28% of those aged between 65 and 79 were living on their own in 1995. The proportion rose to 45% in the case of those aged 80 and over.

Narrower Problems:
Loneliness in old age
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST