On our blog, we have a section dedicated to seniors that contains a personal assessment about their well-being. Studies have demonstrated that getting around on your own contributes to your personal feelings of satisfaction and helps you live a better quality life than you would staying at your residence all of the time. Living independent should also go in-hand with participating in regular social activities. Seniors aren't the only ones who have demonstrated benefit from attending social functions.
Recognizing Autism and Social Anxiety as Contraindication to Quality of Life
There's been less talk about ASD and anxiety in younger adults and the impact loneliness has on these populations. For those fortunate to have had large amounts of advocacy, there are programs and group homes to help combat feelings of alienation and give these people hope. One issue to identify in this type of population is whether or not they are happy. The current phenomenon for people struggling to live on their own is to create co-working and group home settings. However, some may prefer to live on their own. One system used to quantify "how happy are you" is called the Cantril Ladder. You can read up on it here. The theory developed as a way to identify which people were at risk based on how they defined their life while picturing how they are standing on a ladder
Exercise as an Emotional Regulator for Quality of Life
Those challenged with autism, social anxiety, or anything else that may interfere in their perceived quality of life do have some pathways to help self-regulate and cope with their challenges. The US Government has helped fund some autism focused exercise routines specifically addressing some of the sensory issues associated with ASD but can be applied to anyone who needs a sensory break as well. A properly designed program (such as this one) can help improve the life of a loved one.