Auburn, NH Blog

How is Social Interaction Related to Health? Home Care Providers Discuss

It’s common for older adults to spend a large amount of their time alone. Sometimes this is by choice, but in many cases it’s actually because your loved one doesn’t see any opportunities to connect with others. Socialization is an important part of life, no matter what age you are, and the occasional visit from children usually isn’t enough. We recommend that you look into opportunities for your loved one to socialize – whether that comes from community activities or a social caregiving program with home care providers.

While eating healthy and exercising are both key parts of lifelong health, so is socialization. A lack of socialization leads to feelings of loneliness, which can in turn lead to worse health. Loneliness is correlated with:

Consistent socialization can give your loved one a sense of purpose, and boost their self-esteem. Improved emotional health may also encourage them to take care of themselves, leading to better physical and mental health.

So how can your loved one socialize? Our home care providers have some suggestions:

  1. Find Social Circles Outside the Home – Chances are, your loved one won’t be the only person in their community looking for an opportunity to socialize. There may already be a group of likeminded individuals that your loved one can connect with. Book clubs, religious organizations, and organizations interested in history are all options depending on your parent’s interest.
  2. Look to Integrate Other Hobbies – If your parent has an interest in a popular hobby, there may be an opportunity to expand their social circle by connecting with others who share their passions. Look for communities based on shared interests and see if your loved one is willing to join. On a related note, exercise opportunities (such as water-based exercises) can be places where older adults get together and converse while working their muscles.
  3. Help with Transportation – One major barrier to socialization in the modern day is a lack of transportation. If your parent can’t drive themselves, they may not have a way to connect with friends. You can offer to drive them to activities, or work with a home care provider to arrange regular transportation.
  4. Hire a Caregiver – Visiting Angels offers elderly companion care so that older adults have someone to talk to, avoiding the problems of loneliness. A caregiver can visit your loved one once or several times a week to connect with them.

Socialization is a crucial part of keeping your loved one happy and healthy. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to Visiting Angels of Auburn.

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