3 Tips to keep connected

Being socially active can help improve your health and wellbeing. We look at ways you and your elderly loved one can stay socially connected. 

Being socially active can have a positive effect on your wellbeing as it has a it has a physiological benefit. But sometimes it can be hard to stay socially connected as we get older and our social circles get smaller or we’re less mobile. 

Here are 3 tips to help you or an elderly loved one stay social.

1.  Are they a social butterfly?

Not everyone is naturally a social butterfly and sometimes it helps to identify this and to encourage a loved one to make more of an effort to be social.   

2.  Get them to book in activities

Encourage your loved one to book in some commitments so they have activities to attend that they can look forward to. A good place to start is to encourage them to volunteer or join in an activity they enjoy. It doesn’t really matter what they do, just so long as they are being social. 
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3.  Make an effort too

Try and make time to catch up with your loved one, whether it’s a quick phone call, popping round for a cup of tea or take them out on a fun outing. It doesn’t take much to brighten their day. 

When you’re spending time together, ask them about their day/week to make sure they are spending enough time connecting with other people as well. 
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