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How to Avoid Social Isolation After a Stroke

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 29, 2015

After experiencing a stroke, seniors are more susceptible to isolation, both physically and socially, and it is a proven fact that isolation contributes to early mortality, depression, and illness. There are things family members can do to keep a loved one happy, healthy, and social. When your senior loved one is ready, use these tips from Home Care Assistance Phoenix to help your loved one stay as socially active as possible.

1. Make Transportation Available

The inability for a senior to get out of the house is a primary cause of isolation. If your loved one is mobile but unable to drive, help your senior loved one learn to use the public transportation system or utilize Phoenix hourly home care services to ensure your loved one has transportation to social gatherings and appointments.

2. Reinforce Spiritual Values

Seniors who attend religious services live longer on an average and benefit from the social opportunities a church family offers. Many churches offer transportation for those who need it and may have an active seniors group that meets regularly for meals, shows, and holiday parties.

3. Find Classes for Seniors

Local community centers, community colleges, and public libraries offer a variety of classes, ranging from painting to dancing. A series of classes, called “sequential learning,” gives an older adult something to look forward to and promotes mental and physical health.

4. Volunteer

Volunteering contributes to both physical and mental health, and contributes to a sense of wellbeing regardless of age. Encourage your loved one to share his or her unique gifts and perspectives on life with others. He or she might enjoy rocking babies in the preemie ward of a hospital, making stuffed animals for children in a shelter, or donating time to the local soup kitchen.

5. Provide the Necessary Tools

Older adults who don’t have the necessary tools to overcome physical barriers after a stroke are often the first to become isolated. Be sure your loved one has what he or she needs to be an active participant in the world, like physical and speech therapies, hearing aids, a walker, or even a Phoenix caregiver who can help with all the basics of daily living.

6. Encourage Physical Activity

There is great benefit to group exercise programs. It doesn’t matter if the class is low-impact exercise like swimming or walking, loneliness and isolation are greatly reduced when older adults share time together. Your local community center is a good source for group activities such as this.

Growing older is inevitable, but social and physical isolation are not. Call 602.388.1085 and take the first step to getting your senior loved one the care they need and deserve. Expertly trained post-stroke caregivers in Phoenix can help your loved one with a wide range of tasks and promote a happy and active lifestyle. Schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more about the services near you.