Perhaps more than any other age group, seniors often feel isolated and have a sense of loneliness. There are many reasons they experience these feelings, such as the loss of a spouse or close friends, children and grandchildren growing up and becoming busy with their own lives, loved ones moving away, poor health, or limited mobility.
Seniors living with feelings of loneliness and isolation can also find themselves facing mental health issues brought on by loneliness, like depression and anxiety. Over time, both of these disorders can pose a risk to a senior’s physical health.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your aging loved one avoid feelings of loneliness and feel happier and more fulfilled. Here are five of them:
Help your senior loved one meet new people
It’s never too late to make new friends, and there are many seniors out there who want to connect with new people. Encourage your loved one to get out of the house and socialize. A local senior or community center is a great place to start.
Check into local gardening clubs, book clubs, arts and crafts classes, or physical activities like tennis or golf if your loved one can physically participate. Churches, synagogues, or other places of worship are also excellent places to meet new people.
Many seniors aren’t comfortable venturing out by themselves and mingling the first few times; attend new social events with them if you can.
Help them become familiar and comfortable with technology
Most seniors exposed to new technology, such as smartphones, pads, and laptops, have very little trouble adapting. They’ve already lived with many technological advances in their lifetime, including microwave ovens and televisions with remote controls. As a result, many of them learn how to use today’s new technology quickly and easily.
If your senior isn’t already using FaceTime, Zoom, or Facebook Messenger, show them what they’re missing and help them get connected. They’ll be able to spend more time communicating with their kids and grandkids.
Encourage them to join online communities
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