Social isolation is a real threat for seniors. Between problems with things like decreased eyesight and mobility or loss of a spouse or close friends, it’s real easy to stop going out and doing things they once enjoyed. Seniors with a sense of purpose or hobbies that really interest them are less likely to succumb to those negative effects of social isolation. Besides providing a sense of purpose, many hobbies and interests are inherently social in nature. Anything that involves a group, for example, playing bridge, could be said to be socially healthy. Encouraging seniors to remain active in their hobbies and interests can help them maintain their sense of purpose and keep them from becoming isolated and lonely.








Some ideas to stay socially involved:


            Have guests over for dinner

            Join friends for a card game

            Attend a movie or concert

            Join a cooking club or garden club

            Take a computer class and contact old friends

            Audit a class at a local college

            Take a Tai Chi class


Caregiving can certainly take its toll and many family caregivers find themselves unable to take a vacation. Sometimes it’s for lack of time, sometimes it’s due to guilt.

Cruise ShipHome Instead Senior Care recognizes the importance of taking care of yourself while caring for others. That’s why the national “Caregiver Cruise Giveaway” is now accepting nominations and votes for one lucky caregiver to win a vacation package worth $4,200.

Entries for the contest are being accepted through August 24 at

The nominee who receives the most votes wins:

  • A free five-day, four-night Bahamas Cruise
  • Free airfare to and from the cruise port
  • 40 hours of care from a Home Instead Senior Care® professional CAREGiver℠ for the senior loved one (while the winner is away on the cruise)

If you know a family caregiver who would appreciate the cruise, please take a moment to nominate them. Be sure to vote for them or another deserving individual by August 24!



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The ABCs of Diabetes

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Vote for OUR Salute to Senior Service Nominee

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