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Degenerative Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Social Isolation in the Elderly; Physical Activity to the Rescue

  • Open or Close Ogundiran Opeyemi Olufemi*

    Department of Physiotherapy, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

    *Corresponding author: Ogundiran Opeyemi Olufemi, Department of Physiotherapy, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, Tel: +234807083440031; Email:

Submission: December 06, 2017;Published: December 18, 2017

Volume1 Issue1
December 2017


Human beings are naturally sociable, and this evidence can be seen in the establishment of many types of relationships among them. There are endless benefits associated with social interactions which are critical to the maintenance of optimal health. A socially-isolated individual usually lacks a sense of belonging among his or her peers which could inevitably lead to depression or its associated symptoms especially in the geriatric population. The problem of social isolation among older adults is emerging due to several risk factors. The major aim of this opinion article is to critically examine the relevance of physical activity in tackling social isolation among the elderly.

Keywords: Elderly; Social isolation; Social interactions

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