Geriatrician Questions Loneliness

How do I help my grandmother's loneliness?

My grandmother is 80 years old and we noticed that she's been feeling very lonely. She's already in a home because my mom decided that it wasn't safe for her to be home alone. We try to visit whenever we can. Is there anything more we can do for her loneliness?

1 Answer

By a home, Im not sure if you mean a group home or an assisted living. Usually the best option is to encourage the same activities, modified for age and physical limitations, that the person enjoyed before. Senior centers often provide socialization that many find enjoyable once they get over the idea of going. If its an assisted living facility, they should have structured activities that she can participate in too. Although challenging, best option usually is finding a way to remain engaged with things and people they enjoyed before.