May 23, 2011
Support is available for seniors who need help with daily activities such as shopping. Older adults need only ask.
Q. I'm a 78-year-old widow who has trouble getting out for personal business like grocery shopping and bill paying. I don't have any family around. What can I do to help handle these day-to-day activities and alleviate the loneliness that I'm feeling from being so isolated?
Many seniors are in situations like yours. First, do you have neighbors, friends or church members who could help? Many people might see your need, but are reluctant to offer because they don't want to intrude.
They might be willing to be of assistance if they were asked. If there's no one around that fits that bill, why not contact your local Senior Center or Area Agency on Aging, and tell them of your situation. They will know of resources in your community to help you.
Have you contacted the grocery store where you do most of your shopping? Many stores now offer delivery services to seniors for a nominal fee, or even free. If not, find a store in your area that would be willing to do this for you.
Governmental institutions and businesses often are willing to deduct your monthly bills directly from your checking account. That would eliminate the monthly worry that goes with paying bills. Enlist the help of a trusted friend or attorney to help you put this process in motion.
It can be difficult to meet other seniors when you're living alone and have trouble getting out. Why not ask your Senior Center about programs that are available to shut-ins. If you get the names of others like you, find someone who shares your interests. Together you could form a small group to do a volunteer project, like writing to soldiers who are serving abroad.
Also, consider hiring a non-medical caregiver to serve as a companion. Home Instead Senior Care® employs CAREGiversSM, for example, who could help you grocery shop and pay bills. These CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, also can serve as companions.
They could take you on outings or just simply spend time with you at home to counteract the loneliness. Home Instead CAREGivers also could help you with light housekeeping and meal preparation, an added benefit.
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