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Lack of Social Interactions Among Seniors

Reliable Home Care Agency is starting a series of blog entries to share with you interesting facts, articles, and helpful information. We hope that this information will be interesting for both our caregivers/attendants and  clients or their families.
Socialization is a huge part of human’s life; it brings purpose to our lives. As people get older,their interactions become more restrictive for a number of reasons. Some of them are: loss of a spouse or loved one, fewer social contacts, financial problems, loneliness, limited mobility/transportation problems, change in residences, health issues, physical problems, increased usage of medication and much more. All these factors can impact senior’s life in different ways and can lead to a decline in nutrition, increased anxiety, and can even lead to depression or substance abuse.

How Caregiver Can Help A Client Stay Social:

•   tell the client about supports, services, and available resources for seniors in the community, and discuss
situations and possible solutions together with appropriate people (i.e.care team, family,and/or friends);
•   encourage client’s participation in social activities and events;
•   try to find access to transportation and arrange for client to be accompanied on first outing;
•   attempt to make the client feel needed and valued;