Apr 21, 2016 by Jim Rudolph
Many times as seniors age, they no longer take the time to focus on their social lives. If you are providing senior care to an elderly loved one, then it is important that you are doing what you can to help them include positive social interactions as part of their everyday life. There are millions of seniors today who are dealing with loneliness issues. Although they may not admit they are lonely, many times when adults are receiving in home senior care, they feel isolated from the outside world. This can cause feelings of loneliness or depression in many seniors.
There are a number of ways that seniors can get involved with their peers and start getting the social interaction they need to stay engaged, happy and fulfilled during every stage of life. If you are worried about your loved one’s ability to maintain an active and positive social life, here are some ways you can help them get the social activity they need to stay their healthiest.
- Joining a social club such as a card club, chess group or the Red Hat Society.
- Taking senior-only classes at the local gym or fitness facility.
- Going to adult day care as a way to spend time with other seniors while providing caregivers with respite care assistance.
- Hosting family events and outings that seniors can participate in.
- Joining historical societies and those that honor seniors from different eras or areas of the world.
- Becoming a member of an alumni group or organization.
- Visiting the AARP for information on different senior outings and groups in your area.
Putting a little extra effort into including social health as part of your loved one’s senior care regimen can really go a long way. Adults are social beings at all stages of life and all seniors need some social activities in order to as happy, healthy and well-rounded as possible.