As humans, we long to live healthily and strive for happiness. We need to maintain both our physical and mental well-being. When it comes to wellness for our loved ones advancing in age, it is usually linked to physical health, but mental health is just as important.
Loneliness is one of the big reasons why depression is common among elderly people. As we advance in age, we tend to lose people and friends around us. Social contact decreases when people age because of retirement, lack of mobility, and other reasons resulting in higher rates of social isolation. Loneliness is a risk factor for depression, which worsens the sense of worthlessness and unhappiness.
It is important for your loved ones to learn how to combat loneliness so that they can be kept happy and healthy. Read on to learn more about the strategies for combating loneliness in the elderly!
You may want to start a brand-new hobby or continue doing one. It is good to have something to keep you excited about life and something you look forward to doing every day. Some examples include crocheting, tai chi, dancing, and choir. Having hobbies can increase the amount of social interaction with other people. Invite some friends over to join you in your hobbies or take classes with your friends. This will help to combat loneliness as you engage in interesting new activities together.
Having digital home assistant devices can help with improving your quality of life and family routines. With voice-activated technology, it feels like you have someone around the home with you. You can ask the device to play your favorite song or ask what the weather is today.
Gratitude and Meditation
There are many benefits to practicing gratitude and meditation. You can make use of phone apps to help you in this process. Journaling and meditation at the start or end of the day will help us to be grateful for our life and more mindful of what we do. Think about the people and things you love and you will begin to appreciate life more. This helps to boost serotonin levels as well.
Adopting a Pet
Having a pet promotes unconditional love and serves as a loyal companion for you. It gives your loved ones a greater sense of purpose when they take care of their pets. It encourages a more active lifestyle and increases social interaction too.
Aston Gardens At Sun City Center
At Aston Gardens At Sun City Center, our senior living community comes with excellent amenities. If you or your loved ones are combating loneliness, we have many fun activities and events planned for our residents. Consider staying with us to combat loneliness and age well. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.