Many of today’s seniors experience frequent loneliness and depression because family members may live far away or simply be too busy for daily interactions. Here are 5 tips to suggest to your senior loved ones to deal with isolation and minimize loneliness:
- Be Expressive – Record your feeling in a journal or on voice memos. Review these entries later to determine if there are patterns that can help with preventive measures.
- Keep Moving – Daily forms of light exercise like walking or yoga help to release endorphins into the body. The endorphins ward off feelings of sadness and depression naturally.
- Join Interest Groups – Find local groups or meetups or online chat groups that discuss topics of interest. This not only provides a social experience but adds a regular recurring date to the calendar in which to look forward to.
- Volunteer – The best way to get over ourselves is to focus on others. Find a place to volunteer and give back to the community and help others in need.
- Consistent Communication – Reach out to family and friends regularly. Learn to text and use Facebook and stay engaged with those who matter most.
At Stouffer Legal, we care about the wellbeing of our seniors. As Elder Law attorneys in the Greater Baltimore area, we offer services related to health care, long term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and other important matters. Contact us at 443-470-3599 for a consultation.