As a senior citizen, making friends is not easy. For those who are younger and active in the workforce or community, we may decide we are too busy to develop relationships, or we decide that we have enough already. That is not the case for your mom or dad once they retire. Gone is the daily interaction with people and the opportunity to make new friends. What you may find is that Mom is losing her spark since she stays home all the time. Top that with loss of mobility, hearing, or driving abilities, and you may find your beloved mother struggling with depression.
Now is a great time to help your aging parent make new friends and avoid the loneliness that can threaten a senior’s mental health. According to the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, depression is the most common issue for the elderly. Give your parent the tools they need to combat this debilitating problem by helping them make new friends and enlisting the services of a caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care. We offer a variety of home care services that keep the aged engaged with life and living independently for as long as possible.
When it comes to healthcare tips for seniors, a key component is remaining active mentally and socially. Encourage your mom to re-engage with people and create a social life that prevents her from being alone. Consider these opportunities she can take advantage of:
It can be challenging to start over and make new friends when you are over 65. Be ready to encourage your parent with these suggestions:
Make sure your loved one can get to their activities with extra support from the Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga team. Our highly-trained and caring staff can make sure Mom gets to her new volunteer position, so she can continue to contribute to the community. We can tailor services to fit the needs of your aging parent.
Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care services we deliver each day to families in our Mississauga community.
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