One of the growing concerns faced by many older adults today is social isolation and loneliness. There are many factors that contribute to an older adult having minimal to no social interaction. Living in a rural setting, lack of access and resources, poor health and well-being, and societal barriers can all prevent older adults from getting out and socializing. Fortunately, social isolation can be easily fixed as long as you have the opportunities to meet new people and form meaningful connections. As such, here are some tips to help you alleviate feelings of loneliness.
Take Part in Activities
Here at Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we actively encouraged our residents to take part in the wide range of activities and events offered. This is especially so for new residents who have just moved into our community. Such events provide an opportunity for you to mingle around and form potential friendships. Whether it’s chair yoga in the morning, movie nights in the evening, or group outings to town, activities can create a sense of purpose in your life and allow you to have good social interaction.
Adopt a Pet
Some independent living communities, such as Conservatory At Alden Bridge are pet-friendly. If that’s the case, you should take this chance to get your hands on a pet. Simply make sure the pet is suitable for the indoors, and does not require high maintenance for grooming and care needs. This is so that you will not be easily exhausted. For people who are more introverted and prefer staying in their apartments, pets are a great source of friendship and companionship. They also promote an active lifestyle and encourage people to be more organized.
Have Reliable Transportation
In our independent living community, residents enjoy complimentary transportation services at their convenience. All you need to do is head to our concierge desk, which is operated 24/7, and request a ride two days in advance from the scheduled date. An efficient and reliable transportation service provides accessibility and the resources for you to travel out from the community and explore nearby areas such as parks, towns, and shopping destinations. No one enjoys being stuck and has nowhere else to go, so it’s important that you make use of the amenities.
Have Meals in a Social Setting
At Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we understand that food can be used as a tool for bonding. This is why residents get to enjoy meals with the company of others at our Sensations restaurant. Having meals in a social setting hits two birds in one stone. Not only do you get to experience socializing with others, but it also makes the meal much more delicious and memorable. While residents do have a kitchen in their own apartments, we recommend heading out and having their meals in the restaurant every once in a while.