Experts often state that isolation can lead to depression, especially in the case of senior citizens, and recent findings by a Mature Times survey has highlighted the growing issue surrounding adult children who don't visit their parents, according to The Telegraph.
The findings revealed that 1 in 10 British baby boomers age 55 to 60 don't visit their parents even once a year. Most said that a busy lifestyle and a hectic work schedule have made it hard to find the time.
Others cited distance as the primary obstacle.
Interestingly enough, 4 in 10 of these adults, age 55 to 60, said that they worried about their own children staying in touch as well.
"We would encourage everyone to keep in regular contact with older friends and family, especially those who may be isolated or unable to leave their home due to mobility issues or illness," Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, told the news source.
Social interaction can be a key to good health for older adults - one study shows that seniors who reported a higher level of social activity had less of a chance of developing disabilities during old age. This suggests that retirement living communities may be a good solution for those who are feeling isolated.