Now that we have been through a pandemic and months of being and feeling isolated from family and friends, we can better understand why our aging loved ones so enjoy a visit from their children, grandchildren or friends. For those of us not yet in our “Golden Years”, it’s can become busy with life and too often forget that for our senior loved ones, there are often too many hours where they have nothing to do or at the very least nothing that helps them to feel useful and valued. The attached article speaks to the reasons it is so important for our aging loved ones to have social interactions. There are physical and mental health ramifications for those who are isolated for extended periods of time.
If you’ve experienced feelings of loneliness and isolation during the past year it may help you to better understand what your aging loved ones may experience regularly. Hopefully, it will encourage you to make the effort to pick up the phone and give them a call or plan a visit to brighten their day.
Seniors and Socialization: How Social Engagement in Senior Living Benefits Health