Elders and Social Support

Social support for elders is important for their emotional and physical well-being. Studies have shown that social support services should be characterized by activity — or planned activities. Staying active, and involved, is hugely beneficial for seniors as they age.

Many seniors are able to offer their time and energy through volunteerism. There may be any number of ways to volunteer time to help others in the community. Think about distributing food at the local food pantry; or providing administrative help at the library; becoming a guide at the local hospital; or helping the research efforts at your local historical society. You can help others with your time and involvement. Whether volunteering, or continued participation in the monthly book club, sewing club, or investment group — these activities will keep elders busy, connected, and promote socialization.

Your Local Council on Aging

Local and community based Councils on Aging act as a focal point for elders to participate, and receive, many aging services. These facilities are the “senior centers” for aging activities. Many common services or classroom learning offered at a senior center include health programs (Zumba, nutrition, or Yoga), arts/humanities activities, employment assistance, community action opportunities, transportation services, bereavement groups, volunteer opportunities, education opportunities, financial/tax assistance, senior rights counseling/legal services, regional travel programs and meal programs. These programs and activities promote life long learning, engagement, exercise, and friendships.

Home Care Partners provides private-duty home assistance. Just our presence can break the isolation for our clients. Further, our care staff will incorporate the additional programs and services of the above mentioned senior centers. We are able to provide transportation to the weekly classes for our clients, which opens up access to many senior center programs. Utilizing the local Council on Aging enables participation in the weekly card game, art class, a cup of coffee with friends, or reading a book in the lounge. Think about how you might schedule a social luncheon with newfound friends.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com
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  1. You made an interesting point when you explained that social support is really important for seniors because it helps their physical and emotional health. I would imagine that there are many seniors that have to stay in their homes due to health reasons. Senior family members that are in this kind of situation would probably benefit from home care nurses since the nurses can help with physical and emotional care as well.

    • JD Miller

      Thanks for your comments. Social supports, including simply having someone to talk to and relieve isolation and loneliness, most likely not not necessitate medical care.

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