How to Prevent Feeling Isolated
Sadly, isolation is a common issue as people age and become less active. Being alone and chronically inactive can often times negatively impact your heath and overall quality of life. There are ways to prevent isolation by getting more involved in social activities. Some activities won’t even require you to leave the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at some ways to feel connected again!
Transportation is Key
The easier it is for you to get from place to place, the more likely you will want to get out and about. If you are currently considering a specific retirement community, make sure they have adequate transportation options for you or your loved one(s). Whether transportation is provided by a caregiver, neighbor or publicly, this will help you feel more social and independent. Also, depending on where you live, walking is also a great way to get the blood flowing!
Participate in Group Hobbies
Any social activity or hobby is a wonderful way to meet new people and make friends. Take the time to meet other people with similar interests. Consider trying new things! Volunteering is also a great way to get connected. This can help your self esteem in knowing that you are making a difference in the world. Every little bit helps. Consider taking craft classes or attending painting parties. These are all great and fun options for anyone!
Pets as Companions
Pets can offer a hobby and having something to take care of and nurture. Pets offer companionship and can eliminate loneliness. They provide happiness and stimulation. They also are a great conversation starter. There’s nothing like an adorable dog to get people talking! Providing a structured, loving environment, pets are a perfect way to stay active and social.
Learn More About Social Media
Have you discovered the beauty in social media yet? It’s true that Facebook is not for everyone, but it can be a great way to follow friends and family members without even leaving your couch! There are several places that offer classes aimed toward seniors who want to learn how to use technology and social media more adequately. This could be a great way to stay connected. After learning to use social media, this can provide you with a sort of social life at home, a link to the outside, inside. This is great if you are mobile or not. Give it try!
Get on the Exercise Bike
Joining a health club, walking group or visiting your community’s gym can be a great way to meet new people and have fun while getting healthy. Health clubs offer classes and social events that people of all ages that want to get involved and active. This can boost your confidence and self esteem as well!
Don’t let yourself feel isolated or alone. Try one or more of the above suggestions to stay more active and connected with others. If you are feeling alone, remember to reach out to someone and let them know how you are feeling. Is there someone you can talk to at your retirement community, a family member, or friend? Socialization and communication can be the key to living a longer and healthier life!
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