5 Surprising Ways to Help Seniors Deal with Isolation

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With senior isolation and loneliness on the rise, it’s likely that you or someone close to you is feeling lonely or isolated.

Here are a few surprising ways to help seniors socialize and avoid isolation.

1. Time Outdoors

Not only does time outdoors encourage physical activity for seniors, nature and nearby green spaces can also increase social connections on a neighborhood level. From simply going on quick walks around the neighbourhood to spending some time gardening, time outdoors is a great way to combat isolation.

2. Time Indoors with Technology

Time indoors doesn’t have to mean isolation for seniors. There are many ways technology can support seniors in isolation—connecting with family and friends through social media or digital contact with video calls. There are also various opportunities for seniors to increase connection with online support groups, specifically for seniors.

3. Play

Mental engagement is important to staying health and active. Doing puzzles, playing word or card games, even games on your computer or smartphone can help keep the mind active and delay cognitive decline. Playing games can be a great stimulating social and mental activity that can also be enjoyed alone to pass time.

4. Music

Numerous studies have shown that music can help seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia improve their memory. Music can also help seniors deal with isolation. For seniors music can boost feelings of nostalgia and positive associations. Musical activity is also a great way to increase communication and community building through singing, dancing or playing instruments.

5. Laughter

Laughter is known as the best medicine, and it can have a wide range of health benefits for seniors. Laughter can help to reduce stress, improve mood and boost the immune system.

Our Companions

    It's also important to note that caregivers, friends and family members can also play a crucial role in helping to alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness among seniors. But it is important to remember that you are not alone.

    Our qualified Seniors for Seniors Companions can provide you or your loved one with companionship helping you with isolation with our:

    • Drop-in Companions
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    • Overnight Assistance
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