Getting older comes with a lot of changes that might be difficult both for you and your elderly parent. Retiring, aging, possibly moving into a different living situation and many other factors can change the normal way of life for your parent. Depending on if your parent does move out or where they move to, they might not have as many chances for socializing and spending time with family as they used to.
It might not even be noticeable at first the difference it makes. In fact, there are many important benefits to elderly people that have enough social interaction. Maintaining your personal relationships and contact with family members helps with physical and mental health! Your immune system can even get a boost from all the happiness and positivity you feel around people you love.
Here are some benefits of being more social for your aging parent:
- Lower blood pressure
- It’s possible to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s
- Having more energy and love for life
- Potentially it reduces risk of cardiovascular problems and arthritis
- Significantly decreased risk for depression
- Feeling happy in general
- More desire to be physically active which = better health
In a big way, social interaction keeps your brain healthy and active but is most effective when your parent also has a good diet, healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. You can hire a caregiver from elderly home care to provide these things for your aging parent. Along with making sure your mother or father gets their vitamins and has a good daily routine, a caregiver is another person they can talk to and socialize with in their own home. A caregiver will become one of your parent’s best friends and confidants as they age.
What are some other ways your parent can stay social?
- Do some volunteering in the community, as much as they are able
- Have them take a class such as learning a language or a new hobby
- Visit a senior center and join in activities with others their age to make new friends
- Join a fitness center or a gym for the exercise and social aspects
- Book clubs or other groups are great for seniors who share a common interest to be with people they can relate to
Your aging parent can stay young at heart, busy and socially stimulated with these tips. Getting them out of the house regularly to interact and be in the world will give your parent a new appreciation for life. Have them visit grandchildren or volunteer at a school to have time with kids and share in their youthfulness. Make sure your parent can reach out to you and others when they need to, and help them to stay vibrant as they are physically and socially active.
Care Connection provides elderly care in Lansing, MI. For more information about our elder care services, please call us today at 517–381-2433.