I don’t often talk about what my position was before I started working for myself, but as it’s relevant to today’s post I thought I’d give it a little mention. Before I left employment and started full-time blogging, I worked at a company that specialised in products for elderly people. As I was responsible for their social media and content writing, I had to do a lot of research into statistics regarding this topic and honestly, some of the figures were absolutely shocking.
One statistic that would always upset me was that Age UK estimates that around 1.2 million older or elderly people in the UK are “chronically lonely, meaning they feel they’re always going to be alone and have nobody around them to support them. For me, someone who spends a lot of time alone due to work, I couldn’t imagine how it would feel to be on your own ALL THE TIME. It’s heartbreaking to think that there are 1.2 million elderly people who feel they’re alone.
Although I can’t help millions of people, I like to do everything I can to help elderly people fight loneliness.
If, like me, you want to help too – here are a couple of different things you could do:
Visit Your Neighbours, Relatives or Family Friends
If you have lots of elderly neighbours, relatives or family friends around you, why not try visiting them? Whether you pop in for a coffee once a month or visit on a schedule every week – you’ll be surprised how happy your visit makes them.
Give them time to tell your stories about their life, watch their favourite TV show with them or help them cook their evening meal for the day. They’ll be so so grateful for your company.
Encourage them to be active
If you are spending time with the elderly people in your life, encouraging them to be active is a great way to get them out and about. Not only will exercise improve their mood, but it will provide them with the daily activity they need to stay safe and well. Try going for short walks to keep them on their feet.
Volunteer At A Care Home or Senior Living Facility
Although not every care home and the senior living facility offers this service, there are quite a few that will allow you to volunteer on a regular basis. Whether you help out serving food, keep them company in the common room or attend functions and events for those that no longer have visitors – it’s such a rewarding position.
Join A Buddy Programme or Befriending Service
If you can’t find a care home that is suitable, you can always join a buddy programme or befriending service. These services are designed to pair you with an elderly person in need. You’ll regularly help them out with their chores, cooking and will keep them company in general. With lots of different positions available you’ll be able to do as much or as little as you want, easily fitting it in around your day to life.
The way I look at things, I treat the elderly the way I’d want to be treated when I get older. I wouldn’t ever want to be alone, so they shouldn’t feel that way either.
How do you help elderly people combat loneliness?