Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets; the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Bryn Evans, Director of Home Instead in Sheffield and Barnsley.
For seniors it is very important that they find ways to stay young at heart, stimulated and busy. Believe it or not, 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.
On the other hand, social isolation carries real risks. These risks including feeling lonely, depression, high blood pressure and decline in mobility.
In this edition of senior snippets, I have shared some easy tips to help senior’s combat loneliness.
Stay in touch with friends and family. Visiting with friends and family regularly is important, although staying in touch in person is still as important, phone calls and e-mails can keep you connected. If you are unfamiliar with using a computer, ask a young relative, friend or neighbour to help you and set you up with an email account.
Volunteer in your local community. Helping others is a fantastic way to give something back to your local community. Remind yourself that even in later life you have something to offer.
Visit your local senior centre. Visiting your local centre is a great way to meet new friends, get out of the house and participate in something fun! They offer many different engaging activities for seniors.
Take a trip to your local library. Your local library is a good resource for finding out about 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 class. This is one of the best ways to stay physically fit and engage with others.
Staying socially active and maintaining your relationships are an important part of healthy ageing. Remember to reach out to your loved ones- neighbours, friends, family members- and stay as vibrant, active and social as you can be.
I welcome any suggestions for future topics from you all. All you have to do is write to me at [email protected] or by post to Haywood House, Hydra Business Park, Nether Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S35 9ZX.
Home Instead has also developed a What’s On Where Guide, in an attempt to combat social isolation amongst adults. The guide includes over 120 activities such as; coffee mornings, lunch clubs, singing groups, dance classes, support groups and other clubs and societies.
If you would like your own copy of the WOW guide then please give Kathy a call on 0114 246 9666.