Jul 28, 2017 by Shannon Meller
Seniors who choose senior care at home will find themselves more cut off from the world around them than other seniors who live together or in a community environment. Seniors need opportunities to engage in social activities and community engagement can provide them with this. Sometimes, seniors will not be active in the community because they feel a disconnect or they may experience some mobility issues. Fortunately, senior care services are focused on just that and will assist your loved one to and from any social or community events. Below, our senior care team will explain why community engagement is crucial for all seniors.
Reduces Feelings of Isolation
Seniors who live alone at home are at risk of feeling isolated from the world around them. After all, they are not around others as much as they could be and they may even start to develop feelings of loneliness or depression. Community activities and social events can help boost your loved one’s morale and allow them to feel connected to others in their social group. Studies that have been performed show that social isolation can lead to serious health issues.
Seniors who feel isolated may start to experience a decline in their level of self-esteem. The more that a person socializes with others, the more they feel needed and wanted. As your parent starts to contribute more to their social group, their level of self-esteem will rise.
When your loved one chooses to engage in the community around them, you will notice that they become more responsible and they start to take steps to ensure they are organized or they may keep a calendar of events. When someone else depends on us or someone else holds us accountable for things, we tend to do better and keep ourselves in tip-top shape, so that we can follow through. The same thing will happen with your loved one. From community engagement to senior care, they will be held accountable and this will encourage them to maintain their health.
If you would like to discuss care for your loved one or you would like to see about getting them involved in the community, talk to your loved one’s care specialist today. Call Comfort Keepers now.