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How to Promote Socialization Among Older Adults Who Are Sedentary

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The Canadian Medical Association reports that more than 60 percent of the country’s senior citizens live sedentary lifestyles. Inactivity leads to a wide variety of health risks. Sedentary seniors also tend to live in isolation, which further increases the risk of potential medical conditions. Here are a few simple ways to encourage a sedentary senior loved one to have a better social life.

Suggest Attending a Community Event

Your loved one might enjoy a night out to a community concert or a live theater presentation. At these events, your parent is likely to meet friends and acquaintances with whom he or she can engage in a pleasant conversation. Community events provide a great opportunity to take your parent out for shopping, dining, and meeting local friends.

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional senior care. Edmonton, Alberta, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Encourage Visiting a Senior Center

Many communities have local senior centers that provide an opportunity for older adults to spend time with like-minded individuals. These centers may offer presentations by guest speakers or arrange day trips. By visiting local senior centers, your loved one has the chance to attend exercise classes or learn a new skill or hobby. Find out when the local senior center plans on hosting a special event, and accompany your parent for the first time.

Sign Your Loved One Up for a Class

High schools, community colleges, universities, and organizations often provide the chance for adults to take a variety of different classes. The wide selection of options ensures seniors are bound to find a class that interests them. Learning is a good way to keep the brain stimulated. Adult classes also provide the chance to share experiences, wisdom, and skills with younger students, which benefits both generations. 

Attending classes is not the only way older adults can socialize. For families living in Edmonton, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.

Advise Embarking on a Trip

After retirement, adults have more time to travel. Senior RV owners often connect with each other and stay in touch after meeting on camping trips. Various places offer inexpensive accommodations and educational options for older adults while providing the chance to make new friends.

Introduce Your Parent to Technology

If your parent doesn’t use a computer or a mobile device, consider broadening his or her horizons. Grandchildren are especially enthusiastic to share their knowledge with grandparents and might serve as the ideal teachers. After mastering how to use one or more devices, educate your loved one about the internet so he or she can remain in touch with family members and friends.

Older adults who need regular mental and social stimulation can benefit from professional in-home care. Edmonton senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your parent, call Home Care Assistance at (780) 490-7337 today.