Another informative article by guest author Meredith Jones of FineTimes.org
Do you have a senior neighbor who seems isolated? Many seniors don’t have friends or relatives nearby whom they can rely on for help in everyday life, leaving them especially susceptible to depression, stress, and loneliness. However, you can step in and become a reliable source of support in their lives, thanks to these simple tips from blogger Meredith Jones of FineTimes.org.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Your senior friends who don’t have a strong support network might need some time to unwind. Here are a few fun ideas to help them feel appreciated!
- Senior Helpers notes that going for daily walks with your senior friends is a great way to get low-impact exercise.
- It’s important that their living quarters are as comfortable as possible, so, if needed, help them find and hire a service professional to address any issues with the house, such as when they need air conditioner repair.
- Help your senior loved ones start volunteering in your area.
- Other ways to manage stress and facilitate good decision-making include deep breathing, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep.
You can make a notable difference in the lives of your senior friends simply by running basic errands for them.
- Offer to tidy up your senior loved ones’ homes. After all, sometimes it can be hard for seniors to keep up with cleaning.
- You can cook for your senior friends. Just stick to senior-friendly recipes like these!
- Are you concerned about the driving skills of your senior friends? Consider giving them rides around town.
- If your senior friends have pets, you can help them care for their furry friends.
Making Big Decisions
Do your senior loved ones need help with major legal or financial tasks? These resources are packed with tips on how to lend a hand.
- Many seniors struggle to manage their finances. You can give close senior friends tips or put them in touch with a financial advisor.
- You may have a senior friend who would benefit from professional caregiving services. This guide from A Place for Mom can help them make this decision.
- If a senior neighbor is in need of round-the-clock care, it may be the perfect time to help them plan to move to an assisted living facility. One way to help is to go online and research what nursing homes are available in the area; be sure to check on details like pricing and what insurance is accepted.
- If you know any seniors in need of low-cost legal support, this resource will point you in the right direction.
Seniors who do not live near their families often need lots of help in their everyday lives, but they might not necessarily know who to ask for assistance. By offering support to seniors in your community, you can make a positive impact in their lives.
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