Making Connections As We Age, at The Cedars

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on our health, such as the studies outlined in the recent New York Times article. Scientists have found that loneliness can raise our levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which then increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. Interestingly, findings indicate that individuals can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely – if their relationships are not emotionally rewarding. Essentially, isolation does not definitively lead to loneliness. The question arises, how to counter the effects of loneliness, particularly in our older years.

At The Cedars, we have various living options for seniors including independent living, assisted living, long-term care and short-stay rehabilitation. Over the years, we’ve had the honor of witnessing the effects of new relationships on our residents’ wellbeing. One resident at The Atrium independent living recently exclaimed, “I never thought I would meet my best friend after moving in to a senior community.” And in our long-term care center, the community is enthusiastically awaiting the upcoming wedding between two of our nursing home residents who met at The Cedars.

Intimate, meaningful relationships are always important, no matter where we are in life. And what’s amazing is that connections can arise when and where we least expect them. For more information on The Cedars and our community, contact Angela D’Amours, Marketing Representative at adamours@thecedarsportland.org.

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