When it comes to health, being physically healthy isn't the only factor. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Having a steady and consistent social life is crucial for people's health and even more important for seniors. If your loved one is unable to do a lot of activities outside of your home, you need to make sure they don't isolate themselves from you, your family and friends. It is frightening how common social isolation among seniors is. Here are ways to prevent social isolation from your friend or loved one.
Without adequate transportation, seniors increase their risk of social isolation immensely. It is one of the primary causes of social isolation. Make sure you offer your friends or loved ones a ride every once in a while. Whether it's going for a bite to eat or going to the cinema. Anything to get them out of the house to socialize and get some fresh air is best.
Promoting a sense of purpose and hobbies/activities for seniors is crucial. Discover their passion and let them express it. This helps reduce the negative effects of social isolation. Aside from encouragement, interact with them and show that you are genuinely having a good time with them and sharing their love for an activity or hobby they have.
Seniors who are active in the community and other organizations should maintain their attendance. It helps them keep a consistent schedule going while giving them the opportunity to socialize. Help your loved one find a club or organization that interests them and take them there!
Studies show that elderly pet owners have a lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, and increases social interaction as well as physical activity. Having a little furry friend by your side can always brighten someone's day. As long as the senior is able to take care of a pet, it can be very beneficial for their social health. Find a pet that is low maintenance, like a cat for example. Some dog breeds are low maintenance as well, such as Pugs, Bull Terriers or Italian Greyhounds.
Having meals with company is one of the most social aspects in our lives today. It's important to encourage your elderly friend or loved one to dine with friends and family at least a couple of times a week. Whether you're dining in or going to a restaurant, it's a healthy social activity for seniors. Get creative and bring ingredients over to make your own personalized pizzas.