Dealing with feelings of loneliness and isolation can be difficult. Whether they are living independently or in an assisted living community, it is good to work with the elderly to encourage them to keep an active social life. Socialization can help with mental, emotional, and physical stimulation, which in turn combats feelings of loneliness that can add to or lead to depression. Here are a few tips to encourage your loved one to be socially active.
Participate in Local Activities
Many elderly who move into their golden years might feel a loss of purpose. You can help them regain one by signing them for social events such as game nights, weekly outings, social and interest clubs, or volunteering. These can provide the, with something to look forward to on a regular basis. Volunteering, in particular, can provide them with a sense of fulfillment while giving them opportunities to socialize within their community.
Provide Reliable Transportation
For some people, a lack of reliable transportation is an impediment to a robust social life. Difficulty in getting out and about may be a deterrent for them, especially if they have mobility issues. The sense of feeling trapped is also an awful one, especially if they are already feeling isolated. If your loved one is capable of driving, make sure that their vehicle is reliable and safe for them to accomplish their daily activities with ease. If they are unable to operate a vehicle, ensure that they have reliable and easily accessible means of transportation that they can use whenever they need to.
Social Media and Technology
Developments in today’s technology make it easier than ever to keep in touch with the people we love. Social media can help your loved ones to socialize with their family and friends. If your loved one prefers to keep it old school, regular phone or video calls can also do the trick. There are also phones available for the elderly with larger buttons and louder speakers for easier use.
Adopt a Pet
If they are capable of taking care of one, pets are a wonderful form of companionship. The responsibilities associated with pet ownership also provide your loved ones with a sense of purpose and duty. Caring for a pet also helps your loved ones keep to a daily routine, which can help with feelings of depression. Dogs, in particular, are social and engaging creatures. Or perhaps your loved one might prefer an independent and introverted feline friend. Speak to your loved ones about what works best for them.
Socialize During Meals
For many cultures, eating is a social event. Make sure that your loved ones have at least a handful of meals each week where they are joined by family or friends. This goes a long way to reduce any feelings of isolation or loneliness.
A Socially-Engaged Lifestyle
At Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens, our residents enjoy a socially active lifestyle. Programs such as Celebrations Activities & Events and our Sensations Dining lets your loved ones go about their daily routine in good company. Our Connections Transportation Service is also one of the ways we ensure our residents’ quality of life. We want our residents here to always feel connected to the community so that they can enjoy their golden years!