Socialization tips for seniors

By September 21, 2012Aging in Place

Seniors face increasing problems when it comes to socializing, as loneliness and isolation pose serious dangers to the healthy aging process. Even for those who have been able to maintain an active social life, senior citizens still face unique challenges. This can be due to factors such as their close friends or spouse passing away, retirement, chronic illness, immobility or moving away from friends and family. Caregivers and at-home health care services often provide a form of vital human interaction for seniors. Reaching out and socializing with other people can truly make a difference in the overall health of seniors. The following tips can help seniors and their caregivers maintain a healthy aging process:

Make new friends

As seniors begin experiencing the loss of family or friends, caregivers must encourage them to make new connections with people. If seniors do not forge new friendships, their inner circle becomes nonexistent.

Schedule quality time

Seniors should make an effort to visit with friends and family members on a regular basis. It is also important for seniors to be surrounded by people who make them feel at peace. If seniors are unable to socialize face to face, things like emailing or Skyping can provide alternative an means for connecting with others.

Human Interaction

Senior caregivers and at-home health services are often the only companions seniors have. Seniors should never be left alone, isolated from public view for days upon end.

Volunteer Work

If seniors are physically capable to perform volunteer work in the community, it is a perfect way to meet new friends. Seniors also benefit from volunteer work by helping others. It provides a sense of purpose and vitality for them.

Support Groups

When seniors experience things like the loss of a family member or they develop a terminal illness, support groups can offer seniors an outlet to speak with other seniors.
 

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