Seniors tend to be lonelier than any other age group, but there is no reason they can’t form new relationships in their later years. From friendships to romantic partnerships, encouraging your loved one to meet new people or reconnect with old friends can change his or her life for the better. Allen home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
By offering a little advice to your loved one, you can ensure his or her golden years are filled with plenty of love and companionship.
1. Trust First Instincts
With age comes knowledge and wisdom, which means your loved one is probably good at reading others and their intentions. Seniors should trust their first instincts when meeting new people. If something about a person seems off, he or she is most likely not someone to connect with. Remind your loved one there are plenty of others out there if he or she is disappointed.
2. Set Some Ground Rules
Before your senior loved one actively seeks new relationships, it’s important to set some ground rules and stick to them. Maybe your loved one is only interested in meeting someone who is a certain age, lives within half an hour of his or her house, or who has never been divorced. Help come up with a list of what your loved one wants and doesn’t want in a companion.
3. Don’t Get Hung Up on Appearances
Younger people tend to obsess over looks, but older adults are a little less superficial when it comes to choosing a mate. If your loved one has not had much of a social life in recent years, he or she may be self-conscious about his or her appearance. Consider taking your loved one shopping for a new outfit, haircut, or even a makeover to boost self-confidence.
4. All Relationships Are Not the Same
When younger people indulge in romantic relationships, they are usually looking for a life partner, whereas a senior person might have already had that experience. If your aging loved one is more interested in meeting someone to travel or have dinner with rather than fall in love with and marry, let him or her know this is okay.
Some seniors may require assistance when attending social gatherings. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Allen respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
5. Don’t Be Afraid of the Internet, Blind Dates, and Other Opportunities
Online dating sites weren’t around when your senior loved one was young, but now older adults are flocking to them to form new relationships. Your loved one may initially balk at the idea of a blind date, but it could be an excellent opportunity. If your loved one is interested, go over some safety tips and help him or her set up an online dating profile.
6. Be Open with Your Family
Many seniors worry their adult children will not accept new relationships, and in some cases this may be true. It’s important for your loved one to be upfront and honest about his or her plans and goals of forming new relationships. Many times, communicating and keeping adult children in the loop can ease the fears of dating.
7. Look for People with Similar Interests
If online dating or blind dates are ruled out, encourage your loved one to form relationships through his or her interests. Hobbies, religious services, volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, book clubs, garden clubs, and cruises are wonderful ways to meet like-minded people.
Participating in social activities may help seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s maintain a sense of purpose. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Allen Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. To create a customized senior care plan for your loved one, give Home Care Assistance a call at (972) 548-0392 today.