Posted October 20, 2019 08:08:36A social media platform like Facebook or Instagram, or even a blog, has become too social for some.
Social media has also become a big issue for people with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society says a majority of Australians are affected by Alzheimer’s and there are more than 10 million Australians with the disease.
In 2017, about 1 in 5 Australians had Alzheimer’s disease, the society said.
It’s a growing issue for those with dementia, which affects one in 10 Australians.
“People with dementia tend to be more susceptible to social isolation, and when they’re not social, they may become less responsive to people,” senior research fellow at the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr Joanne Hargreaves, told News.
“Social isolation is a very important thing for the development of dementia, and if you don’t socialise, you can’t cope.”
Dr Hargrens said people with the disorder often struggle with social isolation.
“They may become very isolated from the world, they can’t communicate with people they care about,” she said.
“There may be times when they can be in a situation where they have to leave home.”
It’s also important that people don’t engage in activities they’re unable to do because of social isolation.
“Dr Haar said social media was not a problem for people in their 60s and 70s, but older Australians were more vulnerable.”
We know that social isolation is linked to poor cognitive functioning and a decline in social contact,” she told NewsCom.AU.
Social isolation can lead to poorer health, dementia and dementia-related problems such as memory loss, memory loss that can be irreversible and dementia.”
One in five people will be diagnosed with dementia at some point in their lives, and dementia is the leading cause of death in the older population,” Dr Haar told Newscom.AU.”
In our research, we found that people with low social support or social isolation had lower levels of cognitive function and poorer cognitive function outcomes than those with higher social support.
“Dr Matthew O’Keefe, an associate professor of psychiatry at University of Western Sydney, said social isolation can be particularly bad for older Australians.
Social and communication disorders, which include Alzheimer’s, are common in older people and people with cognitive impairment have an increased risk of developing dementia.
However, social isolation and cognitive impairment are not the same.”
A lot of the research we’ve done has looked at social isolation as a potential risk factor for dementia, but it’s not the cause,” Dr O’Keefe said.