Fighting Senior Loneliness

Fighting Senior Loneliness

Most discussions about senior wellness involve ways to help seniors maintain their physical health and keep things such as dementia at bay. Although these are important points to address when taking care of senior loved ones, we sometimes focus so much on these that we forget many seniors struggle with loneliness. 

This becomes worse around this time of year, the holidays. For many, the holiday season is an occasionally stressful but overall fun time full of food, family, and giving. But for many seniors, this time serves to amplify their negative feelings. 

We’ve put together a list of ways to fight senior loneliness and help seniors bring more positivity and happiness into their lives. 

1. Hobbies 

Hobbies give you something enjoyable to work on, as well as goals to strive for. These goals can bring more purpose into your life and make you feel more fulfilled. 

Many hobbies bring additional benefits aside from alleviating feelings of loneliness. For example, hobbies involving physical activity keep you in good health, great shape, and can even provide social opportunities. 

Here are some great hobby ideas:

● Learning an instrument

● Reading

● Writing

● Tai Chi

● Knitting/Crocheting

● Participating in a choir 

2. Pets 

Pets are a great aide in fighting senior loneliness. Not only do they provide unconditional love and companionship, but caring for your furry companion instills a sense of purpose. 

3. Make an Effort to Make Friends 

It can be hard to force yourself to meet new people, especially if you feel isolated from others, but this is a powerful way to deal with loneliness. You’ll first make casual acquaintances with many people, but some of these acquaintances will grow into close friends you can lean on when you’re feeling lonely. 

Per tip #1, an easy way to meet people and make friends is to join a group or club dedicated to your hobby. You will all share similar interests, giving you something in common to talk about. 

From there, you’ll have to make an effort to keep in contact with new acquaintances to turn them into friends. 

4. Volunteering 

Volunteering is another activity that can alleviate senior loneliness and provide a sense of purpose and passion. By volunteering your time and skills, you can gain perspective on your own situation while giving back to your community. 

5. Watch Out For Depression 

Loneliness is a risk factor for depression. Depression causes sustained feelings of sadness or disinterest in activities you used to enjoy. It has many symptoms, such as:

● Loss of interests in activities you once enjoyed

● Loss of appetite

● Fatigue

● Feelings of worthlessness

● Sleeping issues (trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping)

● Suicidal thoughts

If you experience any of these, you should talk with your healthcare provider right away. 

At Northeast Adult Day Care, we know that although taking care of an aging family member can be fulfilling, but also that you won’t always have the time and energy necessary to ensure their happiness and well-being. 

With our structured social activities, personal heath services, and friendly staff, Northeast Adult Day Care provides seniors with a warm, welcoming community so that they will never feel lonely. Contact us today!