National Shut-In Visitation Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day is a holiday observed on February 11th that encourages everyone to pay a visit to someone who is unable to leave their home. There are a variety of reasons why a person may be a shut-in, and these can range from physical or emotional conditions to mental ones.

No matter the reason for a person being confined to their home, one thing is for certain: many shut-ins feel isolated, cut off from society, and can suffer from depression as a result. Paying these people a visit can do more than just lift their moods; it can actually save their lives in some instances. And that’s why this is such an important holiday.

Facts About Social Isolation & The Elderly

We wanted to put a fine point on why it’s important to pay regular visits to people who are shut-ins, so we decided to list some of the facts about social isolation and the elderly that we think will underline the gravity of the situation.

  • Social isolation increases the risk of mortality for elderly people.
  • Loneliness can have a devastating effect on both mental and physical health.
  • Loneliness has also been associated with cognitive decline and an increased risk of dementia.
  • Social isolation makes seniors more likely to be abused by caretakers.
  • Loneliness has been associated with high blood pressure.
  • Seniors who are lonely are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior.

Observing National Shut-In Visitation Day

This holiday is very simple to observe. All a person has to do is visit someone who can’t leave their home. Once there, the two of you can play a board game, watch a movie together, or simply engage in a face-to-face conversation. People can also use the hashtag #ShutInVisitationDay to spread the word about this holiday and encourage others to participate.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 11 Sunday
Next year (2025)
February 11 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
February 11 Saturday
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