Aging comes with many inevitable realities. If you have a senior loved one in your life, you may be wondering how you can help them deal with these realities, especially if they live alone. Below, Amber Personal Care shares some things you can do to help.
Encourage Social Connection
A recent poll by the University of Michigan reported that over 56% of older adults reported feeling alone. Here are some ways to reduce alienation in older adults.
- Improve mobility: Facilitate ease of movement by educating them about public transportation options or encouraging the use of adaptive aids.
- Getting a roommate: Setting your senior up with a roommate is an excellent way to help them save money, but it also gives them someone to interact with regularly.
- Move into a senior community: If it’s evident that your senior loved one is no longer capable of aging in place at home, look into local nursing facilities that offer social activities like game nights. You have a choice of 25 such facilities in Denver alone.
- Community engagement: Encourage your loved one to visit the local community center or fitness class to increase socialization.
Improve Their Relationship with Technology
Help your senior loved one get on board with technology. This can really help them navigate everyday life and loneliness.
- Encourage digital communication: Try to ease them into Zoom or FaceTime calls, so they can keep up with loved ones regularly.
- Smart devices: A smart device will help them make calls, provide entertainment and manage appointments and reminders.
- Get them an iPhone for their needs: While we may think the latest iPhone or Android is critical for communication, try to consider what will serve your loved one better instead. For example, a phone designed for seniors or more basic phone options with reduced features.
How Else to Help
You and other loved ones can also implement some easy strategies to better your seniors’ life. Here’s what to do:
- Visit regularly: If you can, try to visit regularly. This can help reduce feelings of loneliness and improve their mood.
- Financial help: Help your loved one navigate financial matters and decisions. An important one is the sale of their home (this handy calculator can help you with this).
- Don’t be patronizing: Be gentle with your suggestions, and avoid a condescending tone – no one likes being talked down to!
According to the U.S. Census, approximately 27 percent of older adults live alone, leading to depression, anxiety, and alienation. Try the strategies mentioned above to help your loved one thrive in life – even when alone.
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