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Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to major health problems for seniors. While impacting a range of health issues, most critically, social isolation and loneliness have been shown to increase premature death from all causes. Thankfully, there are many easy and accessible tips for combating loneliness in seniors. 


The most helpful tips to combat loneliness for seniors

Even the smallest changes can make a major impact on loneliness for seniors. Bigger changes can make an even more dramatic impact. To help you think about which tips make sense for you, here are some of our favorite helpful tips in combating loneliness in seniors: 


Schedule coffee or wine/cocktail “dates”

Have you ever spoken to someone who “meant to” schedule time for coffee, wine, or just a chat? It’s very easy to forget to reach out to someone unless we put it on our calendars. 


Spending time with friends and family, though, even something as simple as a coffee or cocktail “date” can help seniors feel less isolated and alone. Better still, find some friends or family who are available for regular “dates,” and schedule them as recurring events on your calendar! 


And if you can’t make it in person, plan for some coffee or choose wine or cocktail in advance, then fire up your smartphone or computer and have a virtual date! Spending time together can be just as flexible as you need it to be, and it is extremely good for the soul.


Visit with family

This is particularly important for seniors who live in different towns, cities, or states as their family members. Regular visits with/from family are so important to help seniors feel connected and less lonely. If you or your loved one is able, set up transportation and accommodations for a visit -- especially with the holidays coming up. 


As with the “dates” mentioned above, virtual family gatherings can also help alleviate feelings of loneliness. Schedule a big party and send decorations, favors, and even snacks to everyone who will attend. You can even play games virtually! Try planning different “themed” parties every month to shake things up and get you excited for planning and the actual party.


Join Facebook groups

There are some wonderful Facebook groups centered around every possible hobby or interest. Sharing your joy for your favorite author, sports team, TV show, or hobby with new friends from around the country (even the world!) can help you feel connected, even through a screen. Simply search Facebook for your favorite hobby or interest and click “groups,” to see relevant groups. 


Many seniors have ended up becoming “real life” friends with folks they met in a Facebook group. Connecting over shared passions can be a tremendous way to meet new people and nurture relationships.


Consider adopting a pet

Depending on your living arrangement, adopting a pet could be a fantastic way to ease feelings of loneliness. Many seniors report that having another life to care for gives them additional purpose and meaning. Plus, who doesn’t love waking up to a furry face every morning? 


If you aren’t able to adopt a pet, consider volunteering at a pet shelter. Spending your day with a range of furry friends and helping them find new homes is extremely rewarding. You’ll also meet new human friends too!


Move into an independent living community

Living in a house or apartment can be literally isolating since you’re alone in your residence aside from visitors. But, when you move into an independent living community like Veranda of Pensacola, you gain instant access to a range of activities and amenities. Plus, many neighbors who share interests with you! 

Spend as much or as little time as you’d like in our community areas to make or meet new and old friends. Watch a movie, enjoy a gourmet dinner in our fine dining room. At Veranda of Pensacola, you never have to be alone. We offer so much to ensure our senior residents are living their best lives and are truly enjoying retirement 

To learn more about life at Veranda of Pensacola, contact our team. We’re here to help! 


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