It’s important for seniors to find ways to stay young at heart, stimulated, and busy. There are a lot of proven health benefits of staying socially active, especially in older adults. These include lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of developing mental health issues such as depression.
On the other hand, social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression, high blood pressure and reduced mobility.
Here are some tips to help seniors combat loneliness.
Keep in touch with friends and family: Aim to regularly visit your friends and family. Although meeting up in person is important, phone calls, texting, letters and e-mails can help keep you up to date with people’s lives also. If you're not yet comfortable with computers, ask a relative, friend or neighbour to help you.
Volunteer locally: Helping others is a really rewarding thing to do. It’s also a great way to remind yourself that you have something to offer your community.
Visit a senior centre: There are a lot of local centres that run fun activities for seniors to attend. This can be a really great way to make friends, stay mobile and have some fun!
Join a group: Your local library may have a lot of details about local groups you can join. Your local council can give you details of courses or groups you may want to try.
Join a gym or fitness centre: This can be a great way to stay physically fit and engage with others. Keeping your muscles strong is a great way to stay mobile and avoid falls.
It’s really important to stay socially active and maintain healthy relationships as you age. Connect with your loved ones – friends, family, neighbours – and be as vibrant, social and active as you always have been.
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