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5 Ways Your Aging Loved One Can Make New Social Connections

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on February 6, 2017

One of the many duties of Chandler senior home care experts includes socializing with seniors. Engaging seniors in conversation and helping them stay social can have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. Here are 5 ideas on how your loved one can socialize and make new friends.

1. Join a Support Group

Seniors who have recently lost a spouse or live with a permanent health condition can benefit from being around others who understand their situation. If your loved one often feels alone, find support groups that relate to his or her situation. Make sure your loved one has transportation to and from the meetings so he or she can socialize and connect with like-minded people who have been through the same situation.

2. Take Senior-Friendly Classes

There are many classes designed specifically for senior adults, including dancing and art classes. Attending a senior-friendly class provides a regularly scheduled opportunity for your loved one to get out of the house. To make socializing easier, encourage your loved one to take a class that involves lots of interaction with others.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering is a wonderful way for your senior loved one to meet people outside of his or her normal social circle. Encourage your loved one to look for volunteer work at a local school, hospital, or shelter. The very nature of volunteer work and the thought of meeting like-minded people can instantly lift your loved one’s spirits.

4. Create a Social Media Profile

If your loved one has been advised to stay at home and rest due to an ailment, create a social media profile for him or her. Make sure to guide your loved one through online security and privacy guidelines before creating a social media account.

5. Hire a Caregiver

Hiring an hourly or live-in caregiver in Chandler to spend time with your aging loved one on a routine basis provides an instant new social connection. Caregivers are excellent at encouraging seniors to increase their confidence and independence. Regular visits from caregivers can help your senior loved one enhance his or her social skills. Whether they go to a movie together or stay indoors, the extra bit of support from a caregiver can help your loved one feel more comfortable in a social setting.

When it comes to high-quality hourly or 24/7 live-in care in Chandler for your loved one, you can trust Home Care Assistance. Our team of caregivers provide customized care and support for aging adults, which can include assistance with exercise, social stimulation, and help with basic everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and cooking. For more details on our senior care programs and services, get in touch with one of our Care Managers today at 480.448.6215.