Human connection is a golden thread woven through the tapestry of our lives. No matter our age, we are social beings. And our quality of life (as we all learned during pandemic quarantining) is largely dependent on connecting and sharing with others.
Yet, when it comes to older adults, there's often a culture of indifference, whether due to ageism, insensitivity or a lack of understanding as to conditions that negatively impact older adults' social-emotional well-being. Consider the following:
Social deficits for older adults usually result from conditions outside of their control, such as the death of a spouse, failing health, reduced mobility, loss of a driver's license, etc.
Living independently does not guarantee social engagement.
In-home care and support program tend to combine services (i.e. personal care, medical treatment, housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, etc.), often limiting time for quality one-on-one social engagement with clients.
Long-term care programs usually provide group socialization and activity, but may not have the staffing or funding to address specific individual needs.
Family and friends may be unable to provide the desired level of social support, due to busy schedules, competing responsibilities, reduced proximity, etc.
Older adults want, need and deserve the same social benefits that we all enjoy. The key for them is access and Meriatrics is here to help, by delivering practical, convenient and affordable social solutions that make a difference.
Please call on us anytime at 603.396.0426.