Social interaction is extremely important for everyone to maintain mental and emotional health and encourage a higher quality of life as they age in place. For many elderly adults, however, social interaction is not as frequent or as meaningful as it was when they were younger. This can leave them suffering from depression, loneliness, isolation, and loss of motivation. Encouraging more social interaction throughout their later years is a valuable way for you as their family caregiver to help them live the most fulfilling lifestyle possible. The holiday season is a fantastic time that you can do this.
Let these ideas inspire you for meaningful gifts for seniors with reduced social interaction:
-A mobile device that allows for calls, text messages, and video calls so that they can connect with family and friends who are at a distance.
-A simple to use laptop computer, that will encourage the use of social media to stay in touch with friends and family or to connect with online communities based on their interests.
-Passes for public transportation in their area such as the bus so that they can enjoy more independence and activities outside of the home that will stimulate their mind, boost their mental and emotional health, and give them more opportunity to connect with others.
-Gift certificates for experiences and activities that help them to get out into the world around them and interact with others, such as cooking lessons, dance classes, or adult learning hobby seminars. These do not have to be done entirely independently. Offer to participate in them with your parent, or ensure that the gift certificates provide for your parent to bring along a friend, family member, or care provider to participate with them.
How can home care services help?
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life and support a lifestyle that is as healthy, strong, happy, and independent as possible as they age in place, starting elder care for them might be the ideal solution.
An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule that ensures your parent has all that they need to live a lifestyle that is safe, healthy, and comfortable, but that also supports fulfillment and engaged throughout their later years. This means that they are able to address their individual challenges, limitations, and needs in the ways that are right for them, but also that encourage them to be active and make the most of this chapter in their lives.
If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring home care services in Moreno Valley, CA, please talk to the caring staff at Penny Lane Senior Care. Call today: (626) 335-9333
Brittany is the intake coordinator for Penny Lane Senior Care. She has been with the company for over 1 year.