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4 Ways for Seniors to Avoid Social Isolation this Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time to celebrate and reminisce about the year, but it can also be a lonely time of the year; especially for some seniors. Here are 4 ways to help seniors to avoid isolation this holiday season.

According to a report, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) one-fourth of adults aged 65 or older are considered to be socially isolated. Social isolation can be due to a variety of reasons including living alone, loss of a spouse, mobility issues, transportation challenges, disability, or financial challenges. For these seniors, it may be challenging to get excited about and enjoy the holiday season. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to help seniors avoid isolation, engage with the community, and look forward to the holiday season. 

With the holiday season approaching, here are 5 ways to help seniors avoid social isolation this year. 

Transportation Services

Driving can be dangerous for seniors as they age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 250,000 seniors are hospitalized per year due to traffic crashes. That said, not being able to commute is a common reason for social isolation amongst older adults.  If lack of transportation or the inability to drive is holding a senior back from visiting with family and socialization within the community a transportation provider may be a good option to explore. There are many options for transportation within the Logansport community that can provide short-term transportation to and from a location. For seniors that also need additional help at home, many in-home care providers in Logansport, such as Comfort Keepers, offer transportation as part of their care plans. 

Virtual / Facetime Chat

Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever to connect with people virtually. For seniors, who are unable to make events in person, participating virtually may be a good way to remain connected. In fact, recent research has shown that video chat software has helped combat isolation and loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One challenge, that has remained over the years, is helping seniors adapt to new technology. Luckily, there are many available resources to help seniors use technologies to combat isolation, particularly during the holiday season. Even though video chat should not be a substitution for in-person communication all the time, it can definitely help when needed.

Community / Social Events

For some seniors, social isolation during the holidays is due to an empty nest and/or family that lives far away. These seniors may want to connect with the community in person but are unsure how. Luckily, there are many community events, especially during the holiday season, that welcome senior and other adults who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. A few of the best places to connect with people, in-person, during the holiday season include church gatherings, city-hosted events, and clubs. For seniors in the Logansport, IN, and surrounding area, upcoming holiday events can be found by visiting the CASS County event calendar

Companionship Services

Providing seniors with an outlet to prevent social isolation isn't just important during the holidays, it is crucial year-round. Many in-home care providers, including Comfort Keepers in Logansport, provide companionship services to help seniors maintain independence and remain engaged. In-home care is a great option for seniors who wish to age in the comfort of their own homes. 

Learn more about Comfort Keepers companionship services in Logansport and the surrounding area.