Why Seniors Need Socialization | Executive Care of Richmond
It can often seem like the least pressing of many factors, but socialization is extremely important for us as we grow older.
The aging process can present many issues that can take away from one’s ability to socialize—from health conditions and mobility issues to a lack of energy—but at the end of the day, socialization must occur.
The Golden Years & Socialization
As human beings, we are social creatures by nature, and a diminishing social life can come with many physical and emotional health risks.
It is known that toward the end of their lives, many elderly people can experience “terminal decline,” which is a drastic and final drop in well-being that ultimately leads to death. Researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin have been working toward uncovering why the extent of this decline varies so much, and have found that social interaction and social goals may have something to do with it.
Socialization helps keep the mind stimulated, as it takes an active mind to keep the conversation going, participate in games, etc.
Socialization can also help keep depression issues at bay. Truly, it plays quite a vital role in mental health and overall well-being.
There are plenty of excellent ideas for the elderly to get the socialization they need. Some of those sources can include:
- Game nights, such as bingo
- Church services
- Shopping trips or dinner plans with family/friends
- Time spent working in a community garden
- Arts and craft classes
We Offer Companionship Services
We know the value of socialization for seniors and can help make sure your loved ones are getting their basic needs met in a simple way.
Executive Care of Richmond is proud to offer the following in-home companionship services:
- Providing companionship, friendship and emotional support
- Talking, listening and sharing experiences
- Playing games/cards and reading
- Helping keep clients in contact with family, friends and the outside world
- Providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery store and errands
- Accompanying clients to recreational and/or social events
- Writing or typing letters/correspondence
- Organizing and reading mail
- Teaching/performing meal planning and preparation
- Performing light housekeeping
- Accompanying client on walks
- Reminding client to take medication
- Reminding client to start or finish meals
If you are considering companionship or in-home services for your loved one, feel free to reach out to our team at Executive Care of Richmond to learn how we can help.