For seniors, independence is a crucial element in health and wellness. One study found that 94 percent of retirees say independence is a major source of satisfaction. The ability to manage independently helps improve mood, while simultaneously stimulating ongoing physical well-being.
Isolation is not a new issue when it comes to senior care. Unfortunately, reasons that vary from loss to mobility can lead more seniors to seek solace alone than with a group of peers. This isolation can quickly lead to depression, and other serious issues like a continued lack of mobility or memory issues. However, while isolation and depression are not new senior issues, there are plenty of advances being made in the technological realm that are quite new. New approaches to giving seniors a feeling of connectedness and engagement are now just a click, or a “like”, away. This new senior social media is a wise tool to add to your toolbox for combatting depression.
Just as mobile phones have becomes indispensible, apps have become a way of life. There are maps and games and restaurant guides, music players and banking tools. For practically every function one can imagine, there is in fact “an app for that.”
The world of social media isn’t just for the millennial generation any more. In fact, Facebook activity shows that the largest demographic for new accounts is those over the age of 60. The Boomers are stepping out of their comfort zones and heading into social media space to keep up with friends, family, and current events. Senior social media is a growing space where senior living communities are sometimes hesitant to join.
Senior care professionals know that while science proves that isolation for aging adults can lead to increased depression and even memory loss acceleration, it can still be difficult to bring residents out of their apartments and into the life of the community. Residents move into a community for many unique reasons, but healthy socialization may not be at the top of their priority lists. Instead, seniors may isolate due to illness, decreased mobility, self esteem issues, or an introverted personality.
The price of social isolation among seniors has been well documented. Loneliness, depression, declining health: All these can come as a direct result of seclusion. Engagement can have the opposite effect. Seniors who remain connected to family, friends and community are likely to be healthier and happier over time.
There’s an image in the back of our minds, put there by TV and movies and messaging across society. There’s an older woman, hands folded neatly in her lap. She sits in a chair or rocks slowly, staring out the window at life passing by in the street.
When it comes to generating profits in senior housing, some things are obvious. Manage food service closely and you’ll surely drive down costs. Schedule carefully to keep staffing levels appropriate.
Some choices are less obvious, though. Many operators many not realize, for instance, that social engagement among residents connects directly to one’s ability to turn a profit. While most recognize the need for residents to be socially engaged, the imperative to keep seniors connected to friends and loved ones, they may not see this as a business imperative. Continue reading “What Socially Engaged Residents Mean for Your Senior Living Profits”
Anyone who has spent time in the senior housing business can readily repeat the mantra of resident engagement: We know that seniors tend to isolate. We understand that senior housing can help to ease that sense of isolation by encouraging resident engagement.
In senior living, isolation is the enemy and leads to things like increased negative health events and lower quality of life for residents. This eBook details ways senior living providers can help residents stay more socially connected and engaged – and how technology can be used to help. It also covers ways social engagement-promoting technology can improve residents’ physical health as well as decrease move-out’s. Continue reading “The Senior Living Insider’s Guide to Keeping Residents Socially Connected and Engaged”