Having an active, engaged social life is extremely important to keeping your elderly loved one healthy throughout their later years. Getting interaction with others on a regular basis helps to reduce the risk of depression, loneliness, isolation, and other mental health concerns, improves cognitive functioning and reduces decline, and supports greater independence as they age in place. As a family caregiver, you can help your senior to stay more socially active and experience the benefits of this social interaction.
Use these tips to help boost your parent’s social life throughout your caregiver journey with your senior:
• Get to know their neighborhood. If your senior has recently moved to a new neighborhood, they might be struggling with decreased social opportunities. They might not know any of their neighbors and be unfamiliar with the opportunities and places of the new location. Explore their neighborhood with them to help them get familiar with the people, places, and activities available so that they will be more comfortable and willing to seek out new opportunities.
• Find organizations. Talk to your parent about their passions and interests and work with them to find organizations or groups that fit in with these. These groups allow your parent to find new friends that already share the interests and passions that mean the most to your elderly loved one. Through these they can find activities, gatherings, and events to keep them active.
• Help them learn social media. Your parent’s existing friends and family members can also be a valuable source of interaction and engagement with your loved one. If they live at a distance, social media can be extremely valuable. Help your parent learn how to use social media responsibly so that they can stay in contact with their friends and family members, send messages, video chat, and feel more connected while also staying safe and protecting themselves from issues such as fraud.
If you have been trying to find a way to help your senior loved one achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place, starting elderly care for them might be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be there with your senior on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need when they need it.
It is a common misconception that only elderly adults who are very “old” or who have severe needs can benefit from elderly care. This is not the case. Even those seniors who only have mild to moderate needs can experience a wide range of benefits from the highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider.
These services can help your parent to save time and energy, pursue greater independence and activity, and enjoy a more engaged lifestyle that allows them to experience more fulfillment as they age in place. As a family caregiver this can give you peace of mind knowing that whether you are with your parent or not, they are in good hands.