Are you looking for more ways that your senior parent or loved one can be more socially active and less isolated from their peers? Some seniors receiving elderly care at home have the desire to be more social but just don’t know where to start or have a difficult time trying new things on their own. If this sounds like the senior in your life, here are a few ways that you can help equip them so that they can be on their way to feeling socially connected and can live a more enriching life!
1. Be their guest
Some seniors who receive their elderly care at home may find it a bit more difficult to get out meet people their own age and remain social. But it’s definitely not impossible! If your senior parent or loved one has some reservations about trying something new or meeting new people, offer to go with them to whatever club, class, group, or activity that piques their interest. Having you there with them initially may ease their nerves and enable them to get out and try something new that they otherwise might not have the courage to try.
2. Be the host
Does your senior desire time with their friends or family members but doesn’t have the space to accommodate such guests? If you can, offer to host a luncheon or a game day so that the senior in your life can stay socially active and not miss out on important opportunities. Sometimes, seniors just need a little push in the right direction and this might be a good way to not only plant the idea but help to make it happen.
3. Research the community
If you or your senior aren’t aware of the types of events or activities that are out there in their community, take the time to do a little research! Local libraries often have good information about groups that meet up, or do a quick online search for senior groups in your area. There are also online forums and communities for seniors that might be a good way to socialize without the fear of going to a new place alone.
4. Social media help
Have you considered social media as a way for your senior parent or loved one to stay connected with family and friends in the comfort of their own home? There are many reasons why some seniors find it difficult to get out and meet people; mobility issues, weather or seasonal issues, inability to drive, and social anxiety are all valid concerns. By teaching them basic online safety tips, most seniors should be able to handle maneuvering the internet and using social media platforms to interact with the people in their life that they love.
It can also be a good way for them to meet others in the community as well but remind them to never meet anyone alone and to use common sense and safety when talking to new people online as well.