Many individuals experience depression and loneliness as they reach an older age, which can result in the inability to actively participate in the community. With advancing age, one may feel more isolated as they lose connection with others and have difficulty initiating new friendships. Older adults have a harder time staying motivated and being active and they feel as if there is no benefit for them. Regardless of age, it is important to know that everyone is a part of a larger picture.
Here at Professional Nurse Partners, we provide a Life Enrichment Program to help individuals stay engaged and extend their quality of life. This program offers activities to help one explore their interests while connecting with others and growing as a person. We will tailor to each client’s needs and will help to improve their health, psychosocial, and emotional status. We will first make an assessment to determine the interests and hobbies of your loved ones and then customize an enrichment program specifically for them. This program is unique as it help’s one stay active and involved while also filling the void by adding meaningful activities to one’s life. We will be providing different activities as well as special outings for the clients.
Within Life Enrichment, we offer a helping hearts program which promotes community service outreach. This program will give the clients purpose and a reason to get up in the morning. It is known that it is better to give than to receive. With this program, the clients will find happiness by helping others and making a difference in the community. Volunteering will increase ones’ well-being and your loved one’s won’t feel depressed or isolated as they will be interacting with members from the community.
Another program we provide is "Book of Me". This portion of Life Enrichment is where our clients will write down stories in a journal about their life. Through this, the clients will be able to reflect upon their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors of events that they have experienced. Writing down memories will greatly improve their cognitive skills and it will give them the opportunity to look back and remember all the memories in their life. As your loved ones reach an older age, it is more likely for them to experience a loss of cognitive skills. By writing things down, this will give the brain mental exercise to stay active and alive.
- Loneliness is a major risk factor for depression
- 43% report feeling lonely on a regular basis
- 59% are at a greater risk for mental and physical decline
- About 6 million people are affected by late life depression, and only 10% receive treatment
- Depression is more common in older adults who also have other medical conditions