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 Home Instead in Watford.
It is critically important that seniors find ways to remain stimulated and busy in order to boost happiness.
There is a strong link between having good health as a senior and keeping socially active. By keeping in contact with friends, family and members of the community, seniors are less at risk of depression, anxiety and high blood pressure.
In this edition, I will be sharing some easy ways to introduce seniors to new friends and combat loneliness.
- Stay in touch with friends and family
Try to visit friends and family or encourage them to come to you. Staying in touch with loved ones can be done in person but equally via telephone or email. Today’s technology can be a fantastic tool for keeping senior in contact with people.
Through helping others in the community, it can help seniors to feel less like they are a burden and in fact gives them renewed self-confidence. Helping others is so rewarding and can prove that you still have something to offer.
- Visit a senior centre or join a group
Many local community centres offer fun and sociable activities for seniors! From coffee mornings, to arts and craft classes, it is a fantastic way to meet new people and get out of the house!
- Join a fitness centre
For many seniors, the idea of working out can be daunting, but regular exercise boost happiness and can actually increase your energy levels! Group classes are brilliant as you are led by piers who provide encouragement and there are many classes tailored to seniors.
Staying social active doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, give one of these tips a try and watch your mood improve!