Making new friends can be a challenge at any age, but it can often be more difficult after retirement. However, finding ways to stay social can help promote your senior loved one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Here are some easy ways your loved one can form new bonds of friendship, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance in Fort Myers.
Join Social Media
If your loved one can’t leave the house often due to a health condition, a simple way to make friends or reconnect with old ones is to set up a Facebook page. Your loved one may not be able to meet up in person with many of these companions, but the online interaction can keep him or her from feeling lonely and depressed.
If your loved one is still able to get out regularly, he or she can try volunteering. Your loved one can aid a cause he or she believes in, and it’s the perfect place to meet other people who share similar passions. Both qualities can be good for your loved one’s emotional wellbeing.
Go to the Gym
Most gyms have weekly fitness classes specially designed for seniors. This can be a great way for your loved one to stay physically healthy and socialize with the other members before or after class.
Stop by the Local Senior Center
Senior centers often arrange group trips, game nights, classes, and other activities. Call or stop by to find out what is being offered, and your loved one can start attending the events that interest him or her. Your loved one can enjoy favorite activities or try something new, all while getting to know other people.
Get a Dog
Many shelters have “seniors for seniors” programs that match senior citizens with older dogs. Your loved one’s new pet can be a constant source of companionship, create a reason for exercise, and offer the opportunity to meet other dog walkers in the neighborhood.
Keeping your loved one engaged with others and the outside world can be instrumental in promoting a happier and healthier lifestyle. To learn more about companionship care for seniors, reach out to the Fort Myers home care experts at Home Care Assistance. We match a caregiver to your loved one based on needs, personality, and interests, which helps create a meaningful and long-lasting bond. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.