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4 Tips to Help Senior Citizens Deal with Loneliness

4 Tips to Help Senior Citizens Deal with Loneliness

Even in this modern world where society is so connected thanks to social media, it’s easy for our clients to feel left out.

Do you have aging parents? Or do you work in a facility where you look after senior citizens? If you do, you might have noticed that many of them tend to struggle with loneliness. Even in this modern world where society is so connected thanks to social media, it’s easy for our clients to feel left out. How can you help you the senior citizens in your life overcome loneliness?

Help Them Meet New People

As we all get older, we start to lose touch with our friends. This is especially true for the senior citizens in our lives. One way to help them deal with loneliness is to have them meet new people. Some initial meetings can eventually because a deep friendship. Take them to church or recreational classes or join some new clubs. Making new friends shouldn’t stop no matter how elderly someone is. Sometimes, as fun as it can be to form new friendships, rekindling old relationships helps too. Why not organize a block party or some other function? It could be to show off a new hobby.

Encourage a New Hobby

Next, encourage them to pick up a new hobby. Starting a new hobby can another way to socialize with others with similar interests, particularly through the connections made on social media networks. Do you need some ideas for possible hobbies? Consider these possibilities:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Games and puzzles
  • Learning to play an instrument
  • Writing to a pen pal, either through snail mail or through email

Help Them Pick a Pet

Pets bring a lot of happiness into our lives no matter what stage of life we are in; so why not have your senior citizen companions find a new pet to keep them company? A pet will love them no matter what, and give seniors something new to fulfill them.

Listen While They Reflect on Their Lives

Senior citizens have lived a long time, longer than most of us, in fact. As such, they’ll have plenty of stories to tell. All they need is someone willing to lend an ear. Scientific studies have proven that when senior citizens are given a chance to reflect on their lives, they’ll feel better about themselves and about life in general. Their emotions will be better regulated, and they’ll be friendlier, more sociable, and above all else, less lonely.

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