As people age, it’s sometimes easier to sit, ignore the outside world, and watch television. The children have grown and moved on, and they only visit on occasion, if at all. Retirement has come, and with that, their sense of purpose has gone. Sometimes, health issues or mobility issues leave a person feeling helpless and alone.
Remaining isolated from the world can lead to a sense of loneliness or, in some cases, laziness. Fostering loneliness or laziness can have adverse effects on overall health. To remain healthy, it is imperative for older people to remain active both in body and mind. Sometimes, they require help to maintain an active lifestyle. When family members aren’t available to assist, home care agencies can fill the gap.
The home care assistance that is available varies depending upon the agency you use. Some agencies offer only basic home care services, while others offer comprehensive elder care that addresses both medical and non-medical care.
The services that an elder person requires depend on overall health. Sometimes, they simply need help with daily tasks to remain at home. Other times, they have a medical condition that requires visits from therapists, nurses, and—in some cases— doctors. Regardless of their medical status, seniors need social interaction.
Benefits of Social Activities
It’s easy to dismiss the need senior adults have for socialization. After all, they’ve lived their lives and have entered the retirement years. Their well-being depends upon the ability to remain social in their golden years.
The benefits of social activity extend beyond the physical to the mental and emotional stability of the elderly. Emotionally, many seniors experience depression or anxiety when they are isolated from other people. Their cognitive abilities start to decline as well because they aren’t being stimulated by conversation, new ideas, or new experiences. Socialization helps them to feel more purposeful, happier, and better able to think.
Engaging the elderly in social situations sometimes takes extra effort. They are often pros at finding obstacles to participating in new activities. The caregiver will need to work to get them past those obstacles.
When an elderly relative can no longer manage daily tasks independently, home care is an option for allowing them to remain at home. Regardless of their ability to function on their own, social contact is still an important part of their care.