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Improving Social Engagement for Introverted Seniors

Social Engagement for Introverted Seniors
Enhancing social engagement for introverted seniors can help older adults feel more comfortable at events.

Get ready…the holidays are here! While there are many people who thrive on the frenzied pace of parties and celebrations, there are others who cringe at the idea of stepping out of their comfort zone and into more extensive social obligations. It may simply boil down to one fundamental distinction: extroversion vs. introversion. And it is important to know which classification the seniors in your life lean towards more, so you can make sure of the right type of socialization to help them thrive.

What’s the Distinction Between Extroverts and Introverts?

The truth of the matter is none of us is totally one or the other. Think of a continuum with introversion on one side and extroversion on the other. All of us fall somewhere along that continuum. The main traits of introversion include a more quiet, reserved, and internally-focused viewpoint, whereas extroversion involves a more outward focus: talkative, sociable, and action-oriented.

It’s interesting to know that psychologists believe we grow more introverted over time, in a condition referred to as “intrinsic maturation.” So just because a senior you love once fully enjoyed and drew energy from highly social functions, you may observe a transformation towards feeling more self-contained and contented with small, intimate social scenes or even just being alone.

Knowing that socialization is vital to a senior’s health, how can you encourage more social engagement for introverted seniors, not just during the holiday season but all year long? These tips can help:

  • Get comfortable on the perimeter. Rather than motivating the older adult to be front and center in a social setting, find a quieter area at the edge of the group, where they can chat with one or two people at a time.
  • Assign a buddy. Having one close and trusted family member, friend, or caregiver to remain close to the senior adds a measure of familiarity and comfort to what may seem like an overpowering setting.
  • Decide on a specified exit time. Talk with the individual about how much time may feel comfortable for socializing. If they want to stay for just an hour, for instance, be sure to respect that request and be prepared to leave when they are.

How Can In-Home Care Help?

A caregiver from Home Sweet Home In-Home Care, a provider of senior care in Saint Joseph and the surrounding areas, offers the ideal opportunity for one-on-one social engagement for introverted seniors. Some of the numerous ways we can help include:

  • Attending holiday get-togethers with the senior to ensure all of their needs are met in the most comfortable setting.
  • Providing companionship in the home for conversations and activities that are fun for the senior.
  • Providing accompanied transportation to a small-group class or to learn a new pastime they’ve always wanted to try.
  • And more.

Reach out to our experts in senior care in Saint Joseph and the nearby areas at (866) 229-2505 to learn more recommendations to help an older adult you love enjoy the greatest possible quality of life and to find out how partnering with a professional caregiver can help.

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