Many of us like to hibernate a bit in the Calgary winter, staying warm and cozy inside our homes. However, for Calgary seniors, particularly single seniors, reduced social interaction might lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. You can technically have one without the other but in reality, both issues are not good for one’s physical, mental and emotional health. Studies show that isolation and loneliness can lead to accelerated cognitive decline, disrupted sleep, elevated blood pressure, lowered immune system function, increased risk of falls and depression.
Cold weather and shortened days bring the obvious risks of slipping on ice, frostbite and dangerous driving conditions, making going outdoors a big challenge. We suggest two strategies for seniors to combat winter isolation:
Enlist support to get out of the house.
Get creative in having people come to you.
Vary your out-of-house and in-home visitor activities. The winter will fly by and you’ll get a lot accomplished as well. Keep in mind, even if you are very ‘comfortable in your own company’, having regular social contact has many positive results for your body, mind and soul. Proactive Seniors is happy to recommend and connect you with any of the aforementioned Calgary service providers. Don’t let winter ice-olate you. You’ll be healthier and happier when spring arrives if you are creative in being social over the winter.
Founder of Proactive Seniors
Kathy Mendham, BSc PT, MBA, is the founder of Proactive Seniors and is Calgary's Senior Care and Senior Housing Advisor. Helping seniors and their families access public and private support and care services while optimizing use of our healthcare system. Kathy is passionate about improving the quality and enjoyment of life for Calgary Seniors. email@example.com or www.proactiveseniors.ca