Seniors & Isolation: Ways to Alleviate Loneliness
As we enter into the omicron phase of the pandemic, many seniors may find themselves isolating and practicing higher risk mitigation measures. In person book clubs are transforming into zoom meetings, large family gatherings are growing smaller, and seniors are returning inside once more. It is crucial to keep up with all of your doctor appointments, though. This includes eye exams, physical therapy, and dental care. Your doctors can have safety measures in place to lower the chances of getting sick, while still protecting you with their expertise.
Although protecting elderly individuals’ health is important, it can come with the downside of feelings of loneliness. If you want to help your loved one avoid feelings of isolation, the following are a few strategies for alleviating loneliness in seniors. This is important for all home health aids, to know.
Remember to prioritize communication.
One of the best ways to make sure your loved one does not feel isolated is to reach out! Take the time out of your week to connect and check in. Even if you have nothing to say, the time spent engaging with your loved one will help them feel more connected to the world.
Get the family involved.
Communication does not end with you, the entire family can also help connect with an aging loved one! You can make a schedule that includes family members interested in checking with a beloved elder. A grandchild can have a weekly zoom call, a cousin can sign up for a socially distanced walk, etc.
Enlist the help of a home health aide.
Sometimes, you need the peace of mind for when you are not there. A home health aide can provide companionship to your aging loved one while you are away. Even more so, they can assist with daily ADLs, help around the house, and ensure that your loved one is looked after in this time of social distance.
Invest in a furry friend.
What better way to combat isolation than with a dedicated pet to love? Pets are wonderful companions for older individuals. They are a constant source of companionship; they provide a reason to get out of bed in the morning; and, some even encourage a healthy dose of exercise. Thus, getting a pet can help your loved one both avoid isolation and improve their lifestyle.
Encourage time spent with hobbies.
For many seniors, feelings of loneliness can incite from a place of boredom. Encourage your loved one to take part in a beloved (or new) hobby! Remember, practicing a skill does not need to be something that happens in a crowded space. Instruction can occur remotely through books, recorded videos, zoom classes, etc.
BY: Retina Orange County
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