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Many older adults live by themselves. They might be older family members, friends, or neighbors. No matter what their age or ability, even the smallest of things can help older adults feel connected to the people in their lives.
Here are some ideas to help older adults stay connected.
Stop by or call just to say hi. Send them a letter in the mail or a quick text message or email. Include photos of what you're up to. No matter how you do it, they'll appreciate hearing from you.
Ask them what they like to do. Maybe they enjoy reading and could join a book club. Or they might like to cook for a group of friends. Or maybe they really like spending time with their grandkids. Try helping them find a group with similar interests or encourage them to set one up themselves.
Try going for a walk or sitting outside together. Fresh air and a change in scenery can give you both a new way to connect.
Some older adults may enjoy reliving past experiences and having a chance to pass on some words of wisdom. Older adults have a lot to teach. You never know what you'll find in those old stories. Share some of your stories with them too.
This gives you a chance to ask how they're doing and if they need anything. You might see if they need something from the store. Or maybe they could use help with yard work.
If you like cooking and baking, make extra to share. Try doing a book, movie, or game swap. Better yet, take movies and games over to enjoy with them.
This can keep them feeling connected, even if they're far away. Help them find a user-friendly app. Then walk them through setting it up and using it. Keep in mind that the app you recommend for them may not be the app that you usually use.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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