How To Prevent Loneliness and Isolation.

Recently more than ever, we’ve had to find new ways to combat isolation. As seniors, it’s important to stay connected with loved ones and your community. Not only does staying connected prevent feelings of loneliness, it’s also important for overall mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Here are some ways you can prevent loneliness and isolation, and stay connected safely.

Make use of technology

If you haven’t yet jumped on board with modern forms of communication such as video calls or Skype, you may be missing out. During the recent lockdowns, having these options to keep in touch with loved ones has made all the difference for some people.

Just being able to see familiar faces, even if through a screen, can bring a lot of comfort. Video can make an interaction feel a lot more real, than for example, a simple phone call.

If you don’t know how to make video calls or need a hand, don’t be afraid to ask a younger family member or neighbour to help. And if you are camera shy, a good old-fashioned phone call to a friend, even for a quick chat, is still a great way to boost your mood.

Do your regular activities with a friend or companion

Do you find yourself completing most of your daily activities alone? Try inviting someone along to keep you company. Whether that’s going on your daily walk, or going out for your morning coffee instead of staying at home, having someone with you can be a nice change.

At After-Care, we provide social support and companionship services, so you don’t have to do everything alone.

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Participate in community activities

Depending on where you live, some communities offer exercise groups for seniors. Joining a group and having a scheduled, regular event to participate in can help keep you motivated to get out the house and get moving.

You might also be able to volunteer in a group within your community. This is a great way to help you meet new people. Volunteering can also bring a sense of fulfillment.

Find companionship in pets

Whether you are in a position to have a pet of your own, or can offer to take the neighbour’s dog for a walk every now and then, pets are great companions. If you are thinking about owning a pet, adoption centers are a great place to look. They often have lower adoption fees at times throughout the year.

Know your options for transport

If you no longer want to drive or are unable to, you may find yourself feeling more isolated. There are many taxi and public transport options these days. However, they are not always disability friendly. At After-Care, we provide a transport service. Our support worker can take you safely to and from appointments or social outings. Find out more about our transport services here.