Social isolation can be a challenge for adults with disabilities, who may face barriers to
accessing activities in their communities and participating in social activities. Physical
limitations and a lack of community support can cause isolation. Social isolation can
have negative effects on a person’s mental and physical health.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat isolation and lead a fulfilling and active life.
Continue reading to learn how adults with disabilities can combat social isolation and
stay connected to their communities.
What Is Social Isolation?
Social isolation isn’t always necessarily bad. Many people crave solitude at least
occasionally because it can be relaxing and rejuvenating. However, social isolation
usually refers to solitude that is unwanted and unhealthy.
Socially isolated people may lack connections with others and feel lonely or depressed.
In addition, they can suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety. Symptoms associated with
unhealthy social isolation can include:
● Spending a great deal of time alone or limited contact with others
● Feeling distressed during periods of solitude
● Avoiding social interactions, including those that were once enjoyable
● Frequently canceling plans and feeling relief when plans are canceled
● Experiencing anxiety or panic when thinking about social interactions
● Feeling dread associated with social activities
7 Ways To Stay Connected

  1. Seek Out Social Groups and Activities That Are Inclusive and Accessible
    Many communities have organizations that offer activities and events specifically
    for people with disabilities. In addition, some areas may have centers that
    provide social, recreational, and educational programs for adults with disabilities.

For example, The Angelus offers person-centered Day Program services and
activities that include life and personal skills, arts and crafts, gardening,
swimming, earth science, motor skills, technology and computer skills, personal
and oral hygiene, personal assistance, and frequent repositioning.

  1. Use Technology To Stay Connected
    There are many ways that technology can help adults with disabilities stay
    connected to their communities and participate in social activities. For example,
    social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram can help you stay in touch
    with friends and family. In addition, video conferencing tools like Skype and
    Zoom can allow you to participate in meetings and events from the comfort of
    your home.
  2. Participate in Online Forums and Discussion Groups
    Online forums and discussion groups are a great way to connect with others with
    similar interests and experiences. In addition to groups for various interests,
    there are also many forums and groups specifically for people with disabilities.
    It’s a place to share your experiences and find support and advice from others
    who understand what you’re going through.
  3. Take Advantage of Support Services
    If you’re struggling with feelings of isolation, it’s important to remember that
    you’re not alone. Many support services are available to help you cope with
    feelings of loneliness and isolation. For example, your local Disability Services
    office may be able to connect you with a support group or counseling services.
    You can also contact a mental health professional or your healthcare provider for
  4. Take Care of Your Mental Health
    It’s important to prioritize your mental health, especially if you feel isolated. Make
    sure you get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and take breaks from screens and
    other sources of stress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time for
    yourself and practice self-care. Try activities like meditation, journaling, or
    spending time in nature to help you relax and de-stress.
  5. Make an Effort To Stay Physically Active
    Regular physical activity is important for both physical and mental health. There
    are many ways that adults with disabilities can stay active, even if they have

mobility issues. For example, you can try chair-based exercises, adaptive sports
programs, or water-based activities. You can also talk to your healthcare provider
or a physical therapist about safe and appropriate activities.

  1. Volunteer Your Time and Skills
    Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your community and connect
    with others. Many organizations that serve people with disabilities need
    volunteers to help with events, fundraising, and other activities. Contact your
    local Disability Services office or a non-profit organization that serves people with
    disabilities to find out how you can get involved.
    Help Us Help Adults With Disabilities Stay Connected
    The Angelus, in Hudson, Florida, offers a day program, five group homes, and a host of
    amenities on 17 beautiful wooded acres. As a nonprofit organization, The Angelus
    receives state funding but depends on donations that enable us to offer a high level of
    care. There are many ways you can help.
    Everyone can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities to ensure they
    are treated with dignity, respected, and offered choices in life. There are many ways to
    help. Make a one-time or monthly gift, an in-kind contribution, participate in a
    fundraising event, or become a volunteer. Your donation can change a life!