After retirement and having a reason to leave the house each morning ends, it can become more challenging to seniors to stay socially engaged, especially if they live alone. However, staying committed to friendships and getting out are important to your patient's physical and mental well-being.
Staying inside can lead to social isolation and depression in older adults, so as a provider of senior care services, here are some helpful tips to convince patients to get out and be social:
It provides meaningful connections: When patients don't feel a connection to anything in the outside world, it can make it more challenging to step outside. Developing and maintaining friendships and other associations with loved ones can provide a sense of purpose. Whether it's a class, meeting for coffee or a walk, connecting helps people feel like they belong.
It offers mental stimulation: It's important for seniors to keep their brains active, so getting out and doing things, regardless of whether it's exercise, playing chess or simply chatting with a friend over tea, ensures they are using their brains in various ways. This helps them maintain their cognitive function and memory for longer.
It can give them something to accomplish: Setting goals is important at every stage of life, so joining a class or taking up a hobby allows seniors to be social while learning a new skill. The goal could be to make a vase, paint a picture, learn a language or master a dance style. When they do, it will boost their confidence, and they can celebrate with their group.