Self-esteem can contribute to better health. Patients should be encouraged to remain productive to pursue leisure activities and stay connected with other people or to get in touch with them. These measures can improve self-esteem. To prevent psychosocial problems (and physical disability), it may be helpful to propose activities that reinforce a sense of social connectedness, like the attitude of a pet, a contribution to housework or volunteer work.

A depression screening is recommended because depression is common in older people. The screening is relatively simple; the use of multiple instruments does not require a doctor. In patients who feel lonely or isolated, support may increase social contacts, prevent morbidity and postpone death by social workers. In depressed elderly people an appropriate intervention is justified with counseling or medication. Self-esteem can contribute to better health. Patients should be encouraged to remain productive to pursue leisure activities and stay connected with other people or to get in touch with them. These measures can improve self-esteem. To prevent psychosocial problems (and physical disability), it may be helpful to propose activities that reinforce a sense of social connectedness, like the attitude of a pet, a contribution to housework or volunteer work.

Health Life Media Team

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