If you’ve ever watched young children at a park, you know how quickly they gravitate towards other kids, and how easy it is for them to become fast friends. Unfortunately, as we age, we often tend to be more self-conscious and reserved, and it becomes more complicated to make and sustain friendships. And for the elderly, the loss of friends and loved ones over a lifetime makes it even more daunting to sustain strong social connections.
Nevertheless, remaining socially active and involved is so important at any age, and socializing for older adults is extremely imperative to health and wellness. The National Institute on Aging states that senior socialization lowers the risk for depression and improves cognitive functioning, helping to protect against Alzheimer’s and additional kinds of dementia.
- Connect with the nearest senior center. In the United States alone, there are millions of older adults enjoying the many offerings of as many as 15,000 senior centers, which promote a variety of senior socialization possibilities – from classes and activities to healthy meals to fun day trips, and a lot more. Some senior centers even offer job training and volunteer opportunities, providing the additional bonus of providing a sense of self-worth and purpose by supporting the community.
- Learn something new. A simple online search is certain to reveal instructional opportunities for older adults at the local community college, university or other organization – a number of which may even be cost-free. Maybe your senior loved one has always wanted to learn to play an instrument, or to draw portraits. Enrolling in a class of interest gives the benefit of pursuing that dream plus meeting others who share that interest.
- Join the health club. Whatever our physical fitness level, remaining physically active is extremely important. With the doctor’s recommendation, older adults can boost physical and mental health as well as senior socialization by signing up for a class such as yoga, water aerobics, tai chi, or even a senior dance program.
- Try a hobby. There are a number of clubs that cater to particular interests, such as painting, crocheting, gardening, and religious activities, just to name a few. As pleasing as an activity may be for your older loved one, it’s so much more fun when shared with a friend.
- Partner with Enhanced Home Care. A professional Kansas City home care agency, such as Enhanced Home Care, can supply a caring, fully trained and experienced companion to visit a senior, participating in discussions, reminiscing, sharing meals together, playing cards or board games, exercising, enjoying favorite pastimes – whatever the senior desires. We can also provide safe, reliable transportation and accompaniment for outings, which is especially beneficial for seniors who no longer drive and want to acquire the freedom and independence to come and go as they please.
We’d love to help your senior loved ones remain socially active, bringing a smile and added joy to each day. Contact us at 913-327-0000 to learn more about our Kansas City home care services, offered in the convenience of home, or to set up a free in-home consultation.