Did you know that social isolation among seniors can lead to poor general health and higher rates of depression as compared to non-homebound seniors? Don’t let your senior slip into depression and lethargy. Elder care also consists of keeping the elderly alert and engaged.
- When you go see your senior, take your friendly dog along. Studies have shown the benefits of interactions with a pet on improved health in the elderly.
- Game night is another way to engage your senior, enable him/her to socialize with others, and have fun. Set up a regular schedule – twice a week or twice a month. Invite old friends and family members to play cards, bingo or other board games.
- Organize a book club for your loved one. Old friends will have a lot of fun discussing books. Kindles are great in that the font size can be changed.
- Remember Grandma Moses? She didn’t start painting until she was seventy eight years old. If your loved one has an interest in the arts, encourage it and help them get the tools they need.
- The internet is another helpful way to engage your loved one. Our Interim Executive Director, Vilma, hired someone to help her aunt Rose who happens to live more than 2,000 miles away. She ordered the laptop on-line, shipped it to her aunt and hired a local computer guy to set-up the computer, Internet and train Rose on how to use Facebook and Skype. Today, her aunt Rose is connected to nephews and nieces around the globe.
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