Aging can be lonely. As time takes its toll and friends and partners lose their mobility or pass on, it can be challenging to maintain the same level of socialization that you once had. If you or your loved one is suffering from loneliness, consider making the move into a senior living community. Wesley Enhanced Living has six retirement home communities throughout Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, so you can find a location that is convenient for staying in touch with your existing friends and family while also enjoying the opportunity to make new connections.
Some warning signs to look for to identify loneliness in seniors:
- Depression: Mood swings, sadness, and a lack of energy may be signs of depression and should be taken seriously. If you or your parent spend a lot of time alone, they may develop depression or feel neglected.
- Neglecting Hygiene: If your parent is lonely, they may stop taking the time to properly clean and care for themselves and their living space. A buildup of dust, grime, papers, trash, or other uncleanliness in the home may be a warning sign. If they have stopped changing their clothes, eating properly, brushing their hair and trimming their nails, they may also be suffering from loneliness and don’t feel motivated to continue caring for themselves.
- Dementia: Forgetfulness can be a worrisome sign if it is frequent and daily. If your loved one is finding it difficult to remember details or keep track of important events, even soon after they have occurred, they would likely benefit from living in a retirement home.
- Irritability: If your parents are experiencing mood swings or you find they are extremely irritable when you spend time with them, they may be frustrated by their current living situation. If they aren’t used to socializing regularly, they may become aggravated easily.
Loneliness among seniors is often inevitable but it can be a temporary experience rather than a long-term situation. Getting yourself or your loved one moved into a retirement community will facilitate access to a new group of peers who they can share stories, socialize, and enjoy new life experiences with. Wesley Enhanced Living offers a wide variety of activities throughout each week to keep our residents busy. Whether you are a social butterfly or more of the reserved types, there are scheduled events and activities that will be fun for you. Visit one of our senior living communities or give us a call to learn more about our services and facilities. Fill out the New Resident Application form when you are ready.
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