3 Reasons Why Elderly Socialization is Critical
When you worry about how an elderly loved one is doing at home, your first thought may be their physical health and safety. Can they move around easily? Are they eating regularly and well? However, there's another important factor to consider. Are they as socially active, or are they at risk for senior isolation?
Unfortunately, senior isolation goes hand in hand with many common aspects of aging. Seniors with mobility issues may find it harder to visit with family and friends and take part in their favorite pastimes. Meanwhile, seniors who are experiencing memory loss or confusion may withdraw from their circles out of fear or self-consciousness.
In addition, many seniors will see their social circles shrink because they've left their jobs, their neighborhoods have changed, or because their friends have moved or passed away. As is common practice, their adult children may also live in different cities or states.
But why is senior isolation such a risk for seniors? And what can you do to keep your elderly loved ones more engaged with the world - especially in the age of COVID-19?