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.
But now, older age may be hindering your social life, for a variety of reasons.
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.
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:
So, what can be done to reverse this process and improve your social wellness? Here are just a few ideas:
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.
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.
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!).
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:
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.