Loneliness can happen to anyone, but the risk for feeling alone on a regular basis increases for seniors. Your aging loved one may experience a new sense of loneliness after losing a spouse or best friend or be alone a lot at home if he or she has retired from work. These five activities can help seniors manage their loneliness by promoting a positive attitude that attracts new friends.
1. Go for a Walk in a Public Park
Walking provides near instant benefits for a senior’s mood, and a little exercise always gets someone feeling better. A walk in a public park puts seniors in closer contact to people who live and play in their community. Your loved one can simply watch young families enjoy their day as he or she walks. It’s also possible your loved one will run into other walkers. Even a nod hello can make someone feel less lonely.
A professional caregiver can accompany your loved one on walks and provide additional social stimulation. For families living in San Antonio, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
2. Start a Knitting Circle or Hobby Group
Seniors don’t have to sit around and wait for people to reach out to them. Instead, they can be proactive by creating their own social group. Knitting and sewing circles are popular options for seniors, and book clubs are as well. Older adults should remember to keep attendance expectations flexible in their hobby groups. However, they’ll still enjoy social benefits even if only one or two people show up.
3. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
There may be times when seniors aren’t able to immediately find someone to help with their loneliness. When this happens, it can be beneficial to spend some time reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums and family videos reminds seniors they’re loved by many people. Your loved one can also use this activity as inspiration for sending a heartfelt letter or email that’s likely to bring a response, and reminiscing is also good for boosting brain health.
Older adults can benefit greatly from engaging in regular mental stimulation. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior care. You can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
4. Enroll in a New Type of Class
Lonely seniors sometimes get stuck in a rut, and taking a new class shakes things up. Seniors can take classes they might not have ever thought to try before. Tap dance, coding and foreign language classes are just a few ideas to jumpstart your loved one’s brainstorming for classes to take. Getting involved in a new hobby exposes older adults to different types of people who may become good friends. They’ll also be able to work on their homework and practice lessons during times they’re at home alone.
5. Plan Regular Lunch Dates with a Friend
People often get in too big of a hurry to remember to invite their aging loved ones over for a meal. However, seniors can establish regular lunch dates that become part of their normal routine. Whether they do this once a week or every day, having someone they can rely on to talk to gives seniors something to look forward to when they feel lonely.
Staving off loneliness and isolation can enhance quality of life in the golden years. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of San Antonio elderly care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. To speak with one of our friendly Care Managers and schedule a no-obligation consultation, call (210) 495-6300 today.