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Senior Care - Combating Isolation with Social Wellness

Jul 31, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Montclair and Hasbrouck Heights

You may be wondering: why is social wellness emphasized for senior health, but not other age groups?

This is because, simply, socialization was a part of everyday-life in your early years. You lived with your parents and siblings, went to school for an extended period of time (even longer if you attended college or trade school), you were around co-workers every day, and perhaps you got married, had kids, so on and so forth. You had time to visit with your closest friends and relatives, to go do things for fun, and to stay involved in your community.

Many Factors Can Drive Someone Towards Social Isolation

But now, older age may be hindering your social life, for a variety of reasons.

  • Many seniors feel alone once their adult kids move out and begin their own families – especially if they move to another town or state.
  • Loss of a loved one such as an older parent, spouse, sibling or close friend can make you feel much lonelier than you anticipated, causing you to isolate yourself to grieve alone.
  • Health issues or loss of mobility are making it more difficult to travel and visit friends and family, let alone leave the house at all.

These and other reasons cause many seniors to begin gradually isolating themselves. They stop doing the things they used to do, avoid social events and stop reaching out to loved ones at all for support.

How to Actively Improve Your Social Well-being

Getting reconnected and involved with your family, friends, and community can greatly increase your quality of life, and can even help you live longer. Other benefits include:

  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduced risk for cognitive issues, like depression or dementia
  • Increased immunity

So, what can be done to reverse this process and improve your social wellness? Here are just a few ideas:

Rekindle the flames still going.

Whatever relationships you still have, whether it be a fading friendship or a random chat with your children and grandchildren here and there, make an active effort to strengthen them. Figure out a way to call or text message at least once a week, and video chat to see your grandkid’s soccer game or catch up with an old friend,

Additionally, get connected with them on social media (Facebook especially). Even if you’re not explicitly talking to them every day, you’ll still feel connected to them by seeing what they post, and them seeing your posts.

Get back to doing what you love.

Did you used to love gardening, or were you an avid gym-goer? Look into local clubs or classes to get you back to doing what brings you joy. Your overall mental health will improve by boosting your mood, preventing social isolation, and you’ll be getting some exercise in simply by leaving the house and moving your body.

Or, try something new!

Clubs and classes are also a great way to try something new. Whether it’s learning a new language, attending a cooking class series or joining a volunteer group, you’ll feel more engaged and involved, which also brings you many benefits (preventing social isolation being a major one!).

How Comfort Keepers Can Help You

A simple way to stave off social isolation is companionship.

Our caregivers provide this service and many others to seniors in our community. We can assist you with:

  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping duties
  • Organizing and replying to mail
  • Bathing and grooming needs
  • And much more!

Even a couple hours every week spent with a caregiver can be enough to enhance your quality of life and make you feel more connected. Contact Comfort Keepers of Montclair and Hasbrouck Heights today to see what needs we can help you meet.

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