Finding ways to stay young at heart, stimulated, and busy is very important for seniors. 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. Some of these risks are feelings of loneliness and depression, high blood pressure and decline in mobility.
In this edition of senior snippets, I have shared some easy tips to help seniors combat loneliness.
Stay in Touch with Friends & Family: Try to visit with friends and family regularly. Although staying in touch in person is important, phone calls, snail mail, and e-mail can keep you connected, too. If you're not yet comfortable with computers, ask a young relative, friend or neighbour to help you.
Volunteer in your Community: Helping others is a fantastic way to give something back to the community and remind yourself that even later in life, you, too, have something to offer.
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!
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.
Staying socially active and maintaining your relationships are an important part of healthy aging. Reach out to your loved ones—neighbours, friends, family members—and stay as vibrant, active, and social as you've always been.