Keep talking.Having company is of primary importance for the elderly, Dr Sofoclis Loizides said.
"It is number one. It is very important to have company, someone, anyone, to talk to," he stressed.
Loizides said day care centres and clubs were extremely beneficial as they ensured the elderly socialised Adj. 1. socialised - under group or government control; "socialized ownership"; "socialized medicine"
liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition .
"They can communicate. If they are totally alone they become depressed and then also when they don't don't
1. Contraction of do not.
2. Nonstandard Contraction of does not.
A statement of what should not be done: a list of the dos and don'ts. use their brain the onset of dementia dementia (dĭmĕn`shə) [Lat.,=being out of the mind], progressive deterioration of intellectual faculties resulting in apathy, confusion, and stupor. In the 17th cent. is quicker. It's like the brain goes to sleep," he said.
Having someone to talk to " keeps the brain going", he said.
"When someone is totally alone and has no communication with anyone it is very difficult," he said.
The onset of psychological problems brought on by severe loneliness also set off a chain reaction of other ailments which led to a poor quality of life and a shorter lifespan lifespan Longevity Epidemiology The genetically endowed limit to life for a person, if free of exogenous risk factors. See Average lifespan, Life expectancy. , he said.
"When people are depressed it affects their physical health and they don't eat quite so well and so on," he said.
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