Loneliness is a problem, especially if you have a single mother or father living alone.

How to help an aging senior suffering from lonelinessIt’s important to understand that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely. Many people enjoy being alone, but many seniors find themselves being lonely. Sometimes they may not talk to anyone for days, and this is not healthy for them. So here are some helpful tips for things you might do if you find that your mother or father is suffering from loneliness:

1) — Try to get them involved in the local senior center. Senior centers are a great place for them to meet other people just like them. These centers offer a lot of activities, both physical and social, that can be very good for seniors.

2) — You might consider getting them a pet if they don’t have one. Pets offer a lot of companionship.

3) — Hobbies. There are many different kinds of hobbies you can encourage them to do or help them take up, depending on their physical limitations.

4) — Volunteering. Perhaps they might enjoy helping out at church, or volunteering around the community in some way. This will not only bring them into contact with other people, but it may make them feel helpful and useful.

5) — And last but not least, reminiscing. Studies have shown that it’s very healthy for people to reminisce, and that it keeps them emotionally healthy and happy. This is one way in which a caregiver can be particularly helpful. A caregiver can come in even just once a week to talk to them, visit with them, and help them out around the house. They can do a lot of reminiscing to that caregiver, giving them not only the healthy benefit of reminiscing but also companionship. Seniors often really look forward to that caregiver’s visit.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help your loved ones if they are feeling lonely.

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