video call with grandsonFeelings of loneliness or depression can have a detrimental effect on well-being, particularly for seniors. Whether in your own home or a skilled nursing facility, living without regular contact with loved ones and friends can take a toll on older individuals.

If the problem persists, it can lead to depression, despondency and lack of physical activity. Here are a few ways seniors can stimulate the mind and body to help ease loneliness.

Get Involved

Self-isolation is a slippery slope. While we all need our alone time, regularly staying home or in your room at the nursing facility limits social interactions and cuts you off from the world.

You do not have to become a social butterfly, but it’s recommended seniors find opportunities to safely interact with others and make acquaintances. There are a number of ways to get involved in the community, from volunteer opportunities to walking clubs.

Reach Out Yourself

This day and age, everyone leads a busy life. Unfortunately, you may not receive daily phone calls from your children, grandchildren and friends. When you start to feel lonely, take the initiative to make the connection yourself.

It’s important to remember your loved ones are not purposely avoiding you, but life gets in the way for everyone. If you make a call, send a text or reach out on social media, getting the response you hoped for will help improve your mood.

Also consider setting up a schedule with friends and family members to meet or video conference on a regular basis to catch up on each other’s lives.

Learn Something New

Age is not a hindrance to picking up new hobbies. In fact, seniors have ample time to learn! There are plenty of activities designed to keep your mind sharp and expand your knowledge base, such as crossword puzzles or learning to play an instrument.
Don’t let loneliness affect your golden years! Develop a plan of action to get social and active. To learn more about therapeutic recreation at Avon Health Center, contact us today.