As seniors age, their friendship circles may grow smaller and smaller due to aging, death or relocation.. Your mom or dad may be feeling left out and lonely after many years of having a spouse and many friends and acquaintances who filled the hours of their days. However, making new friends is more difficult as they spend more time alone in their homes. Whether they drive or not, they may be unsure of the places to go to meet other seniors similar to themselves. However, a home care assistant can be their companion, and he or she may be able to guide your parent to a new friendship circle.
Did you know there are many people in the community like your mother or father? They too are lonely and alone, looking to make friends and share time, experiences and activities. Your parent’s home care assistant and many local community centers have connections with senior programs, which may be the first step to making friends. Finding a hobby or interest and sharing that with another person is the first step. One example may be, reading. If your parent is an avid reader, joining a book club may be an easy way to meet others who enjoy reading and discussing books. Book clubs typically meet at libraries, churches or community centers. A home care assistant may help your mother or father find the right group and prepare transportation to and from the event.
If your parent is looking for a more active group, they may want to check into a senior bowling league or card group. Identifying their interest and linking up with like-minded individuals is the easiest way to make friends. It’s never too late to find new friends and reconnect with old friends, including family members who may want to share some companion time as well.