Sometimes, due to circumstances, location, or health, older adults choose to forgo outings. If you are spending a lot of time within your own house or apartment, you may be looking for ways to stay engaged while at home.
After all, community connections are important at every age. Engaging with your community can enhance your quality of life, whether you are an older adult doing so in person or remotely. Isolation and stress can be damaging to our mental health and well being.
Staying Stimulated with Technology
There are people you can connect with over the phone or through the internet. For example, if you’d like to talk through a personal issue and are not comfortable sharing the information with friends or family, a personal counselor can be helpful.
If you are interested in connecting with people in your friend group, embracing technology can revitalize relationships that may have gone dormant because you are unable to get together in person. While some older adults are fearful that they will not understand technology, the reality is often that technology is easily embraced. Devices and apps are designed to be user friendly.
Stay connected through one or more of the following:
- Social media. Many find enjoyment through connecting with friends and family on social media platforms. They can be a helpful way to stay up to date with the events and milestones of loved ones.
- Video calls. There are many platforms to choose from including Zoom and Google Meet. While they are unique in their own ways, they are both ways to have group calls. It can be reassuring to see the faces of your friends, children, and grandchildren, as stories are shared. Some families even have online games nights.
- Emails and texts. While these forms or communications do not have all of the bells and whistles of video calls and social media platforms, they still exist for a reason—they are tried and true methods for keeping in touch.
Naturally, you cannot always depend on others to keep you entertained and engaged. For that reason, it is important to have activities you can rely on and stay engaged while at home on your own.
Games, Reading, and Writing are Ways to Stay Engaged While at Home
If you live with a spouse or companion, you may be able to stay mentally engaged through games and cooking new recipes with your partner. But, even if you live on your own, there are ways to stay engaged while at home.
Some activities you can pursue include the following:
- Games you can play on your own. There are plenty of games that do not require another person or group of people. Crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, for example. Try an online puzzle if you are looking for a quick way to get started.
- Reading books and magazines. Reading can be an incredibly enjoyable activity and there is a book or magazine for any interest. If you love to travel but are unable to do so right now, read the travel section of your local newspaper, either in print or online.
- Writing down your thoughts. Journaling your thoughts can help you to understand your emotions. Older adults who are coping with stressful thoughts or loneliness may find relief through daily journaling.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.