How to Cheer Up Seniors Who Are Lonely

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Many seniors experience loneliness at some point in their lives for different reasons, including limited mobility, the loss of a spouse, or a lack of socialization. Here are a few simple things you can do to cheer your senior loved one up. 

Give Hugs

It may seem like a small gesture, but hugs can make seniors feel loved. You do not have to hug your loved one every hour, or even every day, but a hug here and there can provide the emotional connection an older adult craves. A hug can boost your loved one’s mood, ward off loneliness, and let him or her know you are there. 

If your loved one needs more social and mental stimulation to keep loneliness at bay, consider hiring a caregiver. Centennial, Colorado, non-medical home care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.

Showcase Special Skill Sets 

If your loved one is good at painting, singing, building things, or gardening, encourage him or her to use those skills. You can also encourage your loved one to write a poem and read it to you and other family members or at a social event. This type of support lets your loved one know you believe in his or her skill set and want others to see how great it is. Your loved one will not only feel appreciated, but he or she will also be more confident and less likely to become isolated. 

According to the latest research, seniors who isolate themselves may be exhibiting the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. If your elderly loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, trust in the Centennial dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance to help him or her manage the condition while continuing to live at home. In addition to high-quality dementia care, we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care.

Take a Trip to a Favorite Restaurant 

Getting out of the house can make your loved one feel less lonely. You do not have to plan a grand outing. Your loved one may appreciate a simple trip to his or her favorite restaurant. You can also make it a weekly outing that he or she looks forward to. The change of scenery is a great way to boost your loved one’s mood, and it also provides an opportunity to socialize and feel relaxed. 

Celebrate the Holidays

Holidays are times when seniors feel more lonely, especially if they have lost a spouse, have had close friends move away, or have developed health conditions that have limited their ability to socialize. You can celebrate holidays with your loved one by having a small, intimate gathering, or a large celebration that includes other family and friends. If there is a specific holiday your loved one enjoys, make sure you go all out for this day. This will boost your loved one’s mood and encourage him or her to look forward to the holidays.

Family caregivers need to encourage their senior loved ones to stay connected as they age to prevent cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s and needs help managing daily tasks, consider hiring a dedicated caregiver. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Centennial Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. To create a care plan for your aging loved one, call us at 303.957.3100 today.