As family members grow up and move away, feelings of loneliness and isolation can affect some seniors. However, there are still opportunities for the elderly to maintain strong social bonds. Participating in activities with friends can help your senior loved one prevent these feelings and live a full and active life. Though there are countless opportunities to choose from, Chandler home care experts suggest these fun and rewarding activities to start with.
Book clubs give your loved one an opportunity to read a new book and discuss it with friends. Studies have demonstrated the positive benefits reading has for seniors, with one study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finding seniors who read regularly were 2½ times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A book club is a great way to encourage your loved one to read more and socialize.
Giving back to the community by volunteering offers your loved one the chance to work with others and even benefit his or her health. A study done by the Experience Corps found seniors who volunteered increased their overall mental and physical wellbeing. There are several organizations dedicated to matching seniors with volunteer opportunities, and volunteering with friends can make the experience more fun and rewarding.
Taking an art class can help your loved one strengthen his or her hands, increase his or her fine motor skills, and give him or her opportunities to learn and socialize. Many business and community centers offer painting, pottery, and drawing classes that can be taken with friends. If your loved one has mild Alzheimer’s, participating in art classes can act as an outlet to help him or her better express emotions.
Studies have shown people are more likely to exercise when they do it with friends. Exercise can help strengthen your loved one’s heart, lower his or her blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, stave off depression and anxiety, and strengthen his or her muscles. Your loved one may enjoy taking a daily walk with friends or signing up for an aerobics class at the local gym or community center together. Many seniors also bond with part-time Chandler caregivers during exercise and other health-boosting activities.
No matter what the group activity your loved one participates in, staying social can help him or her stay positive and live a happier, healthier life. A professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can also become a valuable companion for your loved one. Our caregivers can assist with exercise, provide transportation to various social activities, and help with a variety of other important tasks. We also offer Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in Chandler for seniors who need specialized care. For more information on our senior care services, please call one of our experienced Care Managers at (480) 448-6215 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.