Did you know that loneliness and isolation can seriously affect the health of a senior?
As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink - friends and family members move or pass away. Those who still live close by may be unable to visit due to health issues. Some are no longer safe to drive due to vision problems or memory loss. Feelings of loneliness can negatively affect BOTH physical and mental health.
5 TIPS to Combat Loneliness:
1. Get Connected.
Two excellent resources for connecting with other seniors are:
Local senior centers - they offer the opportunity for socialization with peers through group activities, exercise, day trips, classes, etc.
Churches - many churches offer groups specifically geared towards seniors and may meet weekly or monthly.
2. Keep Learning.
Senior centers offer all types of classes, including computers, painting, health related seminars, etc.
3. Get Moving.
Check out your senior center, or YMCA for classes geared towards seniors. Chair exercises, stretching, yoga, tai chi, walking groups, etc.
4. Healthy Eating.
Often times seniors don’t feel like cooking a meal for just themselves, so they will “snack” or skip meals. Eating a healthy, balanced meal is imperative to physical and mental well-being. Consider having meals delivered through Meals on Wheels. Your local senior center may offer onsite meals, and events with meals provided.
5. Senior Care/Living Options.
Home Care or Personal Assistance Service – provides care or companionship in your home. Services provided can include meal preparation, running errands, help with showering, etc.
Independent Living communities provide opportunities for socialization, classes, exercise, meals and transportation.
Assisted Living communities provide all of the above, plus care for physical issues such as help with medication, bathing, dressing, etc.
Need help locating senior resources or information on senior living options in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Help is just a phone call away…214-783-1222.