Staying Socially Active: Tips for Seniors

 

Senior Care in Voorhees, NJ

Senior-Care-in-Voorhees-NJUnfortunately, many seniors become socially isolated as they age. This can occur due to issues like limited mobility, the loss of friends or loved ones and changes in the brain. As a family caregiver, you can help your parent or loved one stay socially active for better overall physical and psychological well-being. Stay socially active may also help keep dementia and issues like depression at bay for some seniors. Some wonderful ways to stay socially connected include:

Volunteering

One simple way for seniors to stay socially active is to volunteer in the community. This can include church functions, soup kitchens, food drives for the needy, hospitals or nursing homes. Consider the hobbies or activities that your parent enjoys and find out if a volunteer opportunity fits. For instance, if your parent likes to sing, find out if the local church or nursing home has a choir or needs a singer for certain activities. This type of socialization not only helps your loved one get out of the house, but it also helps your loved one meet people that share the same interests, often resulting in deeper friendships.

Grandchildren or Other Family Members

Another great way for your parent to socialize is to help out with family members, if possible. This can include special activities with grandchildren or helping other aging family members. This can include trips to places like the zoo, helping out with school activities while parents work or babysitting one day per week.

A Part-Time Job

While not all seniors are capable of working, in some cases getting a part-time job that isn’t physically difficult can really increase the amount of socialization in a senior’s life. An additional benefit is that earning money and having others depend on your parent can lead to increased feelings of self-worth, as well as being a source of supplemental retirement income.  Some jobs that are great for seniors include working in a library, bookkeeping, tax preparation and retail.

Clubs

Seniors can also stay physically and socially active by joing clubs in your area. Many clubs are national, meaning there are chapters across the country. Look for hiking clubs, quilting clubs, clubs for musicians or anything your parent is interested in. If you can’t find a club, consider helping your parent start one. This can even include less physical clubs such as a writer’s club or cooking club. Your parent can even host a club once per month, if desired. This gives your loved one the opportunity to prepare for company by tidying the house, cooking and dressing up.

Gyms

Joining a gym or fitness club also provides twofold benefits for seniors. By making exercise a part of daily activity, your parent increases physical and mental health. Joining a gym is beneficial because:

  • Your parent can make new friends
  • Exercise causes a release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain
  • The risk for certain medical issues decreases with exercise
  • A better self-esteem and increased confidence

Social Networks

While some seniors aren’t especially excited about technology or social networking trends, there are many social networks available just for seniors or easy for seniors to use. By using social media, seniors can stay in touch with loved ones, be active in meeting new people and stay updated on current events. If your loved one seems resistant to social media, take the time to show him or her your social media page and stress how easy it is to use.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Voorhees, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-439-1300.

 

About Mariela Vila Mc Carrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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