Elderly people are much more vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness, and this can seriously impact their health.
There are lots of different ways elderly people can enjoy life and improve their physical health and mental health with others around them.
Loneliness is more common among the older generation because their home might once have been a spot thriving with people and activities, children running around and visitors coming in and out the door. As children and grandchildren grow up and start their own families, this can leave them feeling alone and isolated.
Below are some ways elderly people can avoid loneliness:
Stay in Touch – It is best to see people in person but sometimes that is not always possible. A great way to stay in constant communication with other family members and friends is by using smart devices and phones. Smart tablets are good for the elderly as they are much bigger than smartphones but more portable than laptops/computers.
Within smart devices, older people can join Facebook groups to meet local people the same age as them, video call family and friends and contact people anywhere in the world, instantly.
Community Volunteering – If able, helping others is a great way to feel less lonely and give back to the community. By volunteering in the local community, it can help to involve elderly people in activities and meet new people in the areas around them.
Join a Group – There are many ways for elderly people to join groups. This could be an online group through social media or a group in person. The local library is a great place to find out what groups there are in the local community. This also includes courses aimed at the older generation, such as basic computer courses.
Eating Out – Eating out can be scheduled monthly or even weekly to catch up with family and friends, whether it is a small afternoon tea or a full three-course meal, eating out is a great way to socialise and indulge in lots of new restaurants and good food!
Fitness Centre – By joining a gym or a fitness centre, it can encourage good physical health and mental health. Lots of fitness centres have many different classes and groups that are aimed at elderly people.
Staying social and physically active is great to help maintain relationships and is an important part of growing old.
Senior Centre – Lots of local centres have engaging and fun activities for elderly people to participate in. This is a great way to get out of the house, do something fun and make new friends.