Finding ways to stay young at heart, stimulated, and busy is very important for all of us whatever our age. There are proven health benefits of social interaction in older adults including lower blood pressure and reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression.
Social isolation carries real risks so it is best to try and avoid it. Some of these risks are feelings of loneliness and depression, high blood pressure and decline in mobility.
We at Home Instead encourage our clients to get out and about and we accompany them on many outings including attending various groups and clubs. Here are some easy tips which can help combat loneliness. If you are interested in doing any of these and need someone to go along with you then ring the office and we can arrange for a CAREGiver to accompany you.
Stay in touch with friends and family: Try to visit with friends and family regularly. Although staying in touch in person is important, phone calls, letters, and e-mail can keep you connected, too. If you're not yet comfortable with computers, ask a young relative, friend, neighbour or CAREGiver to help you.
Visit a senior centre: Many local centres have fun and engaging activities for seniors to participate in—this is a great way to make new friends, get out of the house, and do something fun! We know of a few in the Epping Forest area so just ask and we can maybe help point you in the right direction.
Join a group: Your local library is a good resource that may have details of local groups available. Also, your local council can give you details of courses or groups that you may be interested in trying.
Join a gym or fitness centre: This is a great way to stay physically fit and engage with others. Your local sports centre in Epping, Loughton etc usually has a number of classes every week aimed at the older member.
Come along to our Memory Lane Café: Every month we run a Memory Lane Café in Epping for our clients, their family and friends to attend. It is an easy way to get out meet new people whilst having a drink and a biscuit.
Staying socially active and maintaining your relationships are an important part of healthy ageing. Reach out to your loved ones—neighbours, friends, family members—and stay as vibrant, active, and social as you've always been.
Remember contact me if you think I can be of any help,