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Easy Ways to Prevent Loneliness in the Elderly

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Some seniors are at a high risk of loneliness, isolation, and depression, which can significantly impact their overall wellbeing. If you provide Placer County senior care for an elderly loved one and are concerned about his or her emotional health, here are some suggestions to help ward off loneliness.

Provide Transportation Options

One of the primary causes of senior isolation is a lack of transportation. Seniors who can no longer drive need new ways to get around so they can remain self-sufficient. Increase your loved one’s opportunities for socialization by presenting various options for transportation. For instance, there are many affordable forms of public transportation your loved one can use, or you can hire a Placer County respite caregiver to take him or her to social events.

Get a Pet

Seniors who have pets have proven to be more social and are less likely to feel depressed. Owning a pet means your loved one is responsible for another life, which can provide him or her with a greater sense of purpose, and feeding a pet and taking it outside throughout the day can help him or her remain active. A pet also offers unconditional companionship that can boost your loved one’s emotional wellbeing.

Suggest Dining in Groups

In a research paper called “Food and Eating: An Anthropological Perspective,” the anthropologist Robin Fox claims eating is a social activity. She argues the food itself is shared between people and mealtime is an opportunity for groups to come together. Seniors who eat with friends and family members on a regular basis are less likely to be lonely. These occasions can give your loved one the chance to express issues he or she might be facing and get things off his or her chest.

Encourage the Use of Assistive Devices

Walkers, hearing aids, and wheelchairs are all great examples of how technology can help seniors on a daily basis. As seniors age, they often lose the ability to perform certain movements and other physical functions, which can make socialization more challenging. By providing the tools your loved one needs, he or she can maintain independence, remain socially active, and prevent loneliness.

Regular companionship becomes increasingly important in the senior years. If your loved one needs social stimulation, emotional support, and transportation to social events, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to our flexible hourly and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care Placer County, Granite Bay, and Folsom families trust. For more information on our senior care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.

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