As you age, it can become increasingly difficult to fight off loneliness. It is easy for elderly people to become isolated from the rest of the world, unless they try to improve it themselves. There are plenty of ways that you can make a change in your life that can increase your interpersonal connections, and make you feel better.
Why Socializing is Important at an Advanced Age
Socialization keeps the mind sharp and makes you feel happier. When we feel happy, our body can function more efficiently. Our emotions are closely tied to our mental and physical health. Feeling happy can allow your body to run smoother. Feelings of loneliness and depression can negatively affect physical health.
If you are physically able to travel, it can be helpful to get out of the house. Visit the local park or a shopping center. Chat with a few people, and enjoy some fresh air. If you aren’t fully capable of traveling alone, ask a friend or loved one to assist you and travel with you. If you have a Home Health Aide, they can accompany you as you run errands.
Look For Local Groups or Classes to Help with Loneliness
There are many classes or social groups tailored towards the elderly. Developing a new hobby, learning a new skill, or working towards a new goal can help you stay active and have a good time. You can find a hobby with like-minded people and hone a valuable skill; such as with a model club or a knitting circle. Music schools and art classes often offer lessons for people of all ages and skill levels.
Some exercise classes are set up specifically for the elderly. Consider trying a chair yoga class or a water aerobics class. Many local churches and rec centers have groups that meet throughout the week. You should check with your physician before starting a new type of exercise. Check bulletin boards or online for local groups that might interest you.
Volunteering and Combatting Loneliness
Volunteering is a great way to help people and interact with others. Many elderly people volunteer at soup kitchens, church fundraisers, community events, and polling centers during election times. Volunteering can give you a sense of satisfaction and pride in helping others. Working with others to make your community a better place is a great way to spend your time.
Adopt a Pet
Pets are great companions and can have a positive impact on your life. Dogs, cats, and birds, can provide company and fun inside the home, and they give you someone to talk to when you feel lonely. Dogs can be great companions for taking a walk around the block. Cats can be a good choice if you want a more quiet pet. Birds can brighten up a room with their calls and songs. Before deciding to adopt an animal, make sure that your living situation, budget, and health can accommodate for a pet. You want to make sure that you can provide for your new buddy.
Hire a Home Health Aide
A Home Health Aide can help you around the house, and can provide companionship. A certified Aide can assist you with daily tasks, reduce loneliness, and can help maintain your health. additionally, your Aide can help you take your medications and accompany you to your doctor’s appointments.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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