Elders experience social issues
May 25, 2018
Whether living independently or with assistance, elders often experience social issues and anxiety. Here are just a few examples of what they may be feeling:
• Loneliness from losing a spouse and friends.
• Inability to independently manage the regular activities of living.
• Difficulty coping with the physical changes of aging.
• Frustration with ongoing medical problems.
• Feeling inadequate from the inability to continue to work.
You can offer to help them handle these feelings in several ways:
• Plan a small trip with your loved one. A brief stroll to a nearby park can help them feel fresh and drive away depression and feelings of loneliness.
• Offer them a ride to help them keep in touch with their social surroundings and foster a sense of independence.
• Tending to a pet and/or gardening can keep them busy and satisfy their urge to care and nurture.
• Motivate them to remain occupied with hobbies and interests and encourage them to seek out an opportunity to volunteer. This will give them a sense of purpose, which in turn will make them feel important
• A counseling session can also help the elderly facing social isolation to adjust with lifestyle changes. This will better prepare them emotionally.
— Judy Appleton, Jewish Pavilion program director