As people age and certain physical activities become more difficult to manage, some tend to withdraw socially. Lack of energy and other health conditions may also be a factor. This affects those who withdraw and those who are caring for them and/or sharing a home with them. Caregivers are often told how important it is for them to stay socially engaged and take care of themselves on many levels, but it is sometimes forgotten to also remind the care receivers how beneficial it is for them to stay socially engaged. Research indicates that social isolation in older adults can actually lead to dangerous health risks and a declined quality of life. Some of the things that may result are poor emotional health and depression, high blood pressure, decreased physical health and even a greater risk of death.
Some suggestions for seniors to socialize and nurture relationships include:
- Volunteer at local organizations or events
- Get involved in a church group
- Take part in senior living community programs
- Visit with family and friends
- Join a gym or club
- Find or start a club that focuses on similar interests, such as knitting, walking, baking or golfing
No matter how you or your loved one choose to socialize, research shows that the benefits of social interaction are well worth the effort. Benefits include:
- Enhanced mental health
- Sense of belonging
- Better self-esteem
- Improved physical health
- Increased cognitive functioning
- Purposeful living
Personal relationships are at the heart of Moorings Park Home Health Agency, as we make it a priority to make sure those we provide care for are engaged with others and leading fulfilling lives. We get to know preferences, interests, hobbies and life stories. Through these relationships, we design social engagement opportunities and make this a vital part of our care plan.