Elderly IsolationDid your loved one seem particularly distant or distressed last week around February 14th? Valentine’s Day can bring up gloomy emotions for anyone who feels alone, but especially for the individuals who have lost a significant other. 

If you think your loved one would benefit from a loved one of their own, it’s never too late to set something up! It’s well known that the feelings of “being in love” or even just “having a crush” are two of the best mood-boosters out there. And there are studies to prove it! Many have found that “being in love” activates areas in the brain responsible for emotion, attention, motivation, memory and stress management.

And if your loved one is hesitant, remind him or her that it’s not about replacing or forgetting a former partner. It’s about truly living by taking advantage of all the opportunities and relationships that life has to offer. And there are a lot out there!

Meeting someone new — whether this someone has potential for a deep relationship or simply provides a meaningful and platonic friendship — is one of the best ways to reawaken your loved one’s lighthearted and loving spirit. A senior community center or even an online dating site for seniors are great places to start. Remember, it’s never too late for love!

We hope you enjoyed our three “alternative” tips to combat the all-too-common elderly isolation. Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss next week’s series on preventing accidents in the kitchen!

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