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How Seniors Can Stay Socially Connected

How Seniors Can Stay Socially Connected

For seniors, loneliness is a common issue. Because today’s families tend to be scattered and seniors often face challenges such as relocating and losing friends and spouses, it isn’t unusual for seniors to suddenly feel disconnected. This lack of social connection can not only lead to depression and anxiety but also to physical health problems. Fortunately, it is possible for seniors to build and maintain social connections, regardless of how far away their families may be or any health issues they are experiencing. These suggestions will help.

Consider a Senior Living Community

Part of the reason that senior living communities exist is that they give seniors the right amount of care and support as they age while being surrounded by people who are in the same stage of life. These communities provide many opportunities for residents to build friendships and connections, from shared dining and exercise spaces to organized recreational activities and events. These communities are designed to turn neighbors into friends.

Try Volunteer Work

Volunteer work is a good way for seniors to meet people and stay active. From volunteering to read to classes at a local school to volunteering to prepare food in a soup kitchen, this kind of work is fulfilling and creates connections. For seniors who are homebound or who have mobility issues, it’s possible to volunteer online in many different ways, from manning chat support groups to sending emails for charity organizations.

Make Use of Technology

Technology makes the world smaller, and seniors are very capable of embracing it. If it seems intimidating, there are many classes and devices designed with seniors in mind that can make it easier to stay in contact with friends and family anywhere in the world.

Saint Therese of Woodbury is committed to the well-being of all of the members of its senior community in Woodbury. They offer a variety of levels of care to meet the specialized needs of their residents. For more information, call (651) 209-9132.

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