Posted on: February 2, 2018
As we age, the tendency to rely solely on ourselves is not uncommon. Relying too heavily on our own person can be isolating though, especially among senior citizens. Relying on the help of family or nursing staff can become frustrating, it can possibly cause seniors to feel like a burden, thus creating the desire to isolate themselves. For this, and many other reasons, it is very important that senior citizens avoid isolation.
There other dangers associated with senior citizens being alone are very serious and include:
Here are some ways you can you help the issue of senior isolation?
Provide transportation. They may need a method of transportation to get to the store, to visit a friend, or to simply go for a walk outside. Whether that means picking them up and taking them out or investing in a mobility scooter, providing a way to get around can make a huge difference.
Visit often. Visits from family and friends mean everything, especially Even if they are short, 30-minute weeknight visit. Spending quality time together makes them feel loved, appreciated, and wanted, and will make them feel engaged instead of sitting quietly alone.
Encourage visits to worship. For many, religion is an integral part of their upbringing. Many people return to their religion in old age because they have more time for it. Senior citizens slipping into a state of isolation should be encouraged to revisit their religion. The sense of purpose that comes with worship can rejuvenate a senior and bring them out of their quiet isolation.
Boost their self-confidence. Encourage your loved one to participate in daily activities. A friend their own age to confide in and share with will certainly boost their self-worth. Another way to boost self-confidence is to participate in daily physical activity. The release of endorphins , along with a the physical benefits, can really be a boost to their well being and their confidence levels.
Make their home a place that makes them feel safe secure and happy. This is one of the best ways to help a senior citizen out of their anti-social slump. Many senior citizens live in assisted care facilities or nursing homes and that can leave them feeling less than their best at times. The addition of their own with pictures, indoor plants, and other memorabilia can help brighten their surroundings and incourage them to invite friends.
If you’re concerned about senior isolation in a loved one, get in touch with a senior care advocate from Alivity at (248) 375-9125.