As you get older, it isn't uncommon to start becoming depressed and isolating yourself. It is actually very common in older adults. While the reason will vary from person to person, it may be because you feel like you are a burden to your friends and loved ones or it may be because you are noticing that you are losing all of the people around you, such as your significant other and your closest friends (ones who are of similar age). When this happens, your health can suffer greatly. However, there are steps that you can take to stay on track with your health. In fact, research shows that individuals who indulge in social interaction can increase their rate of survival by 50 percent and delay memory loss and reduce the risk of developing dementia and related cognitive disease. Here are three activities that you should partake in to enhance every aspect of your life:
If you are physically capable of doing so, you should consider volunteering in your local community. Some communities will have weekly trash pick-ups at local parks, while others will have gardening get togethers where they plant flowers throughout the community. Alternatively, you can simply volunteer at the local soup kitchen or animal shelter. Whatever you decide to do, volunteering can give you a feeling of purpose as well as accomplishment. It will also provide you with the opportunity to meet new people and get a breath of fresh air. SeniorCorps is a government organization that helps senior citizens find national and local organizations that need volunteers.
2. Join a Local Group or Club.
Many communities will have garden clubs, books clubs, bridge clubs, or even sport groups that meet on a weekly basis. This is a fantastic way to meet other individuals in the area with interests that are similar to your own. In many cases, you may even be able to find a group that is specifically for senior citizens.
3. Get a Part-Time Job.
If you are able to, you may want to think about a part-time job. There are a number of establishments that are willing to offer employment to older individuals. This will ensure that your mind stays stimulated, while also giving you a little bit of extra "play" money to cover any expenses that come up while you are out with your new friends in the recent group or club you joined.
If the time ever comes where an you are unable to take care of yourself or simply need a little bit of help getting up and around or shopping for groceries, there are home health services that can come in a couple of times a week to provide assistance. They can offer as little or as much assistance as needed.
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25 May 2016
If you are currently struggling to care for an elderly, disabled or special needs loved one, you likely have little time to take care of yourself. Did you know that failing to take care of yourself can make things more difficult for the person that you are trying to care for? Hiring a home care service to assist you in the daily care of your loved one will go a long way in improving the quality of life that both you and your loved one experience. I have gathered information that can help you decide on a home care service to help you and your loved one through difficult months or years.