On this last day of June we are thinking about our community’s senior citizens and some of the challenges of aging.
There are an estimated 55.8 million Americans over the age of 65. The younger you are the less you may feel some of the communication issues that older seniors encounter.
The older you get the more you slow down cognitively and your hearing can diminish. If you live alone it can prove difficult to hear phone conversations.
As an older senior you may not be technologically savvy and consequently that can make day-to-day living and communicating difficult.
It’s important for all of us as we age to keep communication lines open. It helps us to stay mentally well and less isolated.
Are you able to learn a new skill with help? Cell phones provide opportunities to connect with family members with a phone call or a visual. See if your child or grandchild can help you. Facetime provides an opportunity to see the person you are speaking with no matter the distance between you.
Make time to visit or meet with friends. Play a game at a senior center or in the activity room at your living facility.
If you have access to a computer, see if you can access the internet. You can find out how to knit or crochet or build a birdhouse. You can research your family history and then share the information. Reach out for help if you need it.
As we age it’s very important for all of us to stay connected to each other. Family and friends become vital to our well being and helps keep us from feeling isolated.
Additionally, try to stay positive and keep an open mind to learning new things.