All of us need to feel purposeful in life, and seniors are no exception. While boredom makes most people lethargic, it can have even greater consequences for seniors.
As humans are highly social mammals, a lack of social connection can be dangerous to the heart, brain and more, leading to stress, heart disease, dementia and other health problems.
Seniors often feel lonely and isolated as they age, and boredom just compounds this problem. Everyone needs self-worth, but we probably don’t realize just how dangerous it can be for seniors to cope with the effects of loss of purpose that comes from just being bored.
Just Why is Boredom So Common in Seniors?
Many seniors struggle with feelings of worthlessness that stem from being bored after they have retired. While this may come as a surprise to many, it’s more common than you think. Our retirement years are supposed to be our time of well-deserved rest and relaxation after decades of being in the workforce. However, many seniors are surprised to find that retirement isn’t what they hoped it would be.
The loss of their normal routine, contributing to society, losing friends or family, and health issues can bring about depression and loneliness in seniors after they’ve retired.
How Do We Prevent Boredom in Seniors?
- Keep active.
Staying active keeps the mind sharp and the body healthy. Getting exercise is just as important in our senior years as it is when we are younger!
- Stay Creative.
Take up a new hobby or return to an old one. You never know what new skills your loved one may discover, and brain function is always improved when we have a creative outlet.
- Keep Up Your Social Life.
The biggest enemy of boredom is the social activity. Keeping up with friends and family, going on outings, talking on the phone, and community activities allow seniors to stay happy and connected with real human contact.
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