It is completely understandable as to why you may feel lonely as you get older. Family and friends may have moved to a different city or state. Coworkers no longer keep in touch due to the same circumstances. And, as we unfortunately have to deal with, some of the individuals close to us may have passed away.
However, that does not mean you have to be lonely in your golden years. There are many things you can do in your area to remain social and avoid being isolated. Life as a senior should be vibrant, fun and entertaining almost as if you were a child again. After all, you did work really long and hard to get to this point. Here are a few ideas to help that our closest group of seniors have shared with us.
go on an adventure to new places
With the warm weather approaching, businesses and city parks are preparing their locations for first time visitors. Museums are extending their hours to accommodate more people. Shopping centers and downtown areas are thriving with new construction every day. You might want to visit your favorite store to see the new items on the shelves.
Whatever the case is, you should look around in your area for new town events. As a caregiver, check the local newspapers for what is happening on the town greens. Or you may want to visit the cities website to mark your calendar with future plans. Just getting out and being around others, even if it is the smallest social experience, it can help to avoid loneliness.
Pets help combat loneliness
Do you have a dog or a cat? Or maybe the neighbor has a dog running around the fenced in yard. If not, the local shelter is always looking for volunteers to help with walking and caring for their animals. Pets are a great way to feel a sense of relief, reward and satisfaction. Remember, our loved ones once cared for young children. The feeling of caring for an animal helps lower anxiety and contribute to an overall boost in well being. If the idea seems reasonable and feasible, consider adopting a pet. this may not be the best option for everyone, but animals can provide the best form of companionship to help with the feeling of loneliness.
listen and let them teach you
As a caregiver, one of the best ways to help our loved ones to open up is to ask them questions. You see, they have spent many years learning from others and making mistakes, they love to pass on their wisdom to the next generation. This is a great way to connect with each other on a much deeper level.
As generations have changed and technology has advanced, some of the traditional ways people did things are no longer taught today. But many of them had to learn efficient and effective ways of completing daily tasks. Ask them about how they used to do things at your age. You would be surprised on how much you learn!
Always watch for depression, especially in the long winter months. This can be common among seniors. If you see circumstances getting worse please consult with your local physician.