By Anna Do you go a week without any positive interactions with anyone? Most isolated seniors do. According to the National Seniors Council, about 50% of seniors above the age of 80 report feeling lonely. Isolation and loneliness are overlooked problems for those who are already dealing with physical and mental challenges as they age. Their loneliness depends on the quality and not on the number of day-to-day interactions they have with others. Keeping loneliness away from a senior’s life can sometimes be as simple as saying “Hello, How Are You?”, walking with them down the street, or having a small, friendly conversation. Signs of isolation among older adults may take on different forms – from refusing to go out, to making excuses for why they can’t attend social events or get-togethers. To help your aging loved one stay social, it is important that you encourage their social interaction while helping them understand why they shouldn’t forego important meetings with friends and family. There are many ways you can help your aging loved one avoid social isolation. Take a look: Promote A Sense Of Purpose: Seniors with a sense of purpose are less likely to succumb to the effects of isolation. So, help your loved one find an interest or hobby that keeps them active and involved in something. Anything which involves a group, such as, playing bridge can prove to be socially healthy. You can also encourage them to volunteer and bring that much needed sense of purpose in their life. Make Transportation Easy: Setting up an adequate means of transportation for your loved one is important to help them maintain social connections. As they may not have access to driving anymore, help them navigate a public transportation system. When possible, offer them rides so they do not have to miss out on outings with friends. Share a Meal: Eating alone is probably one of the most isolating events for an older adult who once had a family to share meals with. Encourage your senior loved one to eat dinner with you or their friends. If they live independently, schedule regular meal-time outings with them and make sure that they have someone with whom they can share their meals. With the aforementioned tips in mind, address the isolation issues of your loved one and watch them thrive as they get the opportunity to mingle with others. If you need specialized senior companion care for your loved one, get in touch with us today. You can reach us at 720-469-9910 or 720-982-8250.