There are many issues that senior citizens have to deal with every day; one in particular is being alone. Someone may have lost their spouse or their children have all grown up and moved out of the home to start a life of their own. Now there is no one there to connect with; no one to strike up a conversation with. The only source of company is the TV or the personal computer or cell phone and other such technological gadgets. And that is alright, sometimes. But human beings are social creatures and need that interaction with other human beings. Communication with another person is essential to a human’s physical and emotional health. It creates a spark of energy inside a person when they connect with someone. When a person is deprived of that social interaction it could lead to depression.
One way to minimize that feeling of being alone is to roll out the welcome mat and invite someone over. One may start by going through the contact list in the computer or the address book. Find someone that lives close by and invite them to lunch, or invite a few people to dinner. This will create the motivation to prepare for company. The anticipation of welcoming these guests will be energizing. The host feels good about inviting the guests, and the guests feel good that they were invited. Being invited to someone’s home makes a person feel thought of, and when someone accepts an invitation, the host feels flattered. This creates great interaction, sharing a meal with good company. When all is done and the guests have gone, that good feeling remains, leaving something pleasant and satisfying to reflect upon and the experience of that interaction becomes therapeutic for everyone involved.
Some seniors prefer to live alone and don’t need to be in the company of other people all the time, but sometimes they want to interact and fellowship with others. When that happens, they can just roll out the welcome mat and offer a little hospitality.