Healthcare Discussion: 7 Ways to Promote Healthy Aging and Combat Isolation in Hillsborough

January 24, 2017

Isolation and loneliness can be a problem as we age. Social contacts decrease over time due to retirement, lack of physical mobility or no longer being able to drive a car. Loneliness can increase the chances of serious health issues. Just feeling lonely is a struggle for many elderly people. There are ways to help fight isolation.

Volunteering is a good way to promote a sense of purpose. Many volunteer for churches, schools, or senior centers.

Transportation is key for independence. Public transit or other affordable options help to provide ways to connect in the community to programs, resources and shopping.

Get involved in your community through classes, recreation or senior center activities.

Get out and exercise! Walking or riding a bike or many other activities can help relieve stress, make you feel better and help to release endorphins. This also helps your personal health, keeps you fit and improves your quality of life.

Routine health check-ups are key to staying healthy and preventing issues. Doctors can address your problems and concerns to keep you active and engaged.

Socialize with others at meal time. Go out with friends on a regularly scheduled night to talk and discuss ideas or issues. You can also meet new people at senior functions or church to enjoy.

Don’t forget to interact with your friends and family. Emotional connections and having a purpose are the best reasons to be useful and engaged.
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