Among the various challenges that aging adults face throughout their lifetimes, dealing with feelings of isolation and “being alone” is a growing worry. Whether an older adult lives alone or in an assisted living facility, it is critical to collaborate with them in order to satisfy any wishes they may have to engage more with the rest of the world. Here are a few ideas to encourage aging adults to be more socially active.
Incorporate Social Media & Technology
It is now simpler than ever to remain in touch with the people we care about, thanks to advances in technology. Even if your elderly loved ones live a very isolated existence, social media allows them to connect with family and friends in a simple and often fast manner.
Not to mention the devices that allow them to utilize social media. For aging adults, phones with bigger buttons and louder speakers are available.
Participate Local Activities
A significant concern in today’s elderly population is that many individuals tend to lose sight of their sense of purpose as they enter their golden years. Signing up for social events, such as game nights, weekly movie excursions, or book clubs, give aging adults something to look forward to and something to participate in each week.
Older adults can even seek volunteer organizations. This form of activity can help them feel fulfilled while also providing them with the necessary contact.
Provide Reliable Transportation
The feeling of being confined in your own home or retirement community is undoubtedly a difficult one to deal with, especially if you’re already feeling alienated. Nobody wants to think that they are trapped or unable to depart to engage in things that are essential to them. If an older adult is able to drive, make sure they have a safe car to get around in.
Enjoy Meals Socially
Eating is a social event in many cultures across the world, and it is commonly accepted that we should enjoy our meals with others as much as possible, not only to meet our fundamental need for social connection, but also to make the meal more pleasurable. Making sure aging adults enjoy at least a few meals a week when they are accompanied by friends or family members can go a long way toward alleviating any overpowering feelings of isolation.
Adopt a Pet
Pets are a fantastic source of company for aging adults, and the obligations connected with their care and upkeep contribute to their owner’s feeling of purpose and responsibility. Dogs are highly gregarious and engaging animals, whilst cats are more reclusive and autonomous. Consider what is best for your loved one and their specific requirements.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle at TerraBella Salisbury
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Just minutes from historic downtown Salisbury, our neighborhood and surrounding region provide residents first-rate entertainment and healthcare professionals, as well as a variety of modern amenities that make life easier and more joyful.
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