Feb 4 Care Mission
Visit a Senior
Help combat loneliness by sharing some joy and companionship with a senior neighbor, relative or friend.
The Facts: A chat over tea. A long walk. Shopping and lunch with a friend. Some things are just better in person. Technology advances can help us stay connected, but it’s also important to remember the importance of catching up IRL (in real life). Loneliness can have a very real impact on health and wellness, especially for seniors. According to a University of California, San Francisco study, among participants who were older than 60 years, loneliness was a predictor of functional decline and death.
The good news is that we can take steps to help reduce senior loneliness by stopping in to see our senior loved ones. Here are a few tips to help you have a great visit.
Pick the Right Time – Seniors may be more alert in the morning or lunchtime. Understand when your senior loved one is at their best, and plan your visit accordingly.
Plan an Activity – Whether it’s lunch, a walk, or board game, having a plan can help make the visit more structured and entertaining for you both.
Prepare for Conversation – Think about recent events or news to share that may interest them, but make sure to keep the conversation two-sided. Ask them about their opinions or advice on a topic.
Bring Some Fun – Whether it’s photos, a small gift, or even a well-behaved family pet, these “props” can help keep the conversation going and bring some smiles.
Avoid Awkwardness – Some visits can feel uncomfortable or strained. Help keep it positive and fun by keeping your visit to an hour or two rather than an all-day marathon. Perhaps plan shorter, more often visits instead of long ones.
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