5 Tips to Combat Senior Social Isolation
1. Encourage Their Hobbies
You may be surprised to hear that hobbies are an important thing to have when you reach your golden years. Whether it’s card games, bingo, gardening, baking or volunteering, hobbies help create a sense of purpose, and they also give your aging parent a reason to get out of the house.
So find what they really enjoy, or try to remember what got them excited years ago and re-introduce it back into their life. Encouraging them to maintain their interests is a very effective way of preventing loneliness from occurring in the first place.
2. Organize Transportation
A big reason why many seniors often stay put at home without venturing outside much is that get around can be a challenge. If there’s a card game happening every night at their friend’s house located across the city with no means to get there, it’s easy to see how this can be a challenge for them. Having easy access to transportation is crucial for seniors to be able to stay connected to their community. Offering a ride or hiring a pick-up and drop-off service can help seniors break through this obstacle while assisting them to maintain a sense of independence.
3. Encourage More Family Time
Setting up weekly routines such as dining together at home or heading out for a nice meal as an entire family, can make a world of difference and mean so much to your ageing loved one. For seniors, interaction with family is more important than ever. So make so to include them in your daily life, whether it’s dining together a few nights each week, or having them over for family games night or inviting them out with you to browse through the market.