Seniors who live alone are at risk of isolation, which can lead to depression. Whether your elderly loved one is just looking for a close platonic friendship or perhaps a more romantic bond, it’s important for him or her to get out of the house and spend time with other older adults. The Lancaster elder care experts at Home Care Assistance have put together a list of local senior-friendly places where active older adults can meet new people for friendship and possibly love.
1. Lancaster Public Library
Located at 125 North Duke Street, this learning center offers a free monthly book club on the second Thursday of the month at 10am. In this club, your loved one can discuss the book of the month and share his or her opinion of it with fellow readers. Joining a book club offers seniors the opportunity to socialize with new people who share their love of reading while expanding their knowledge.
2. Town and Country Garden Club of Lancaster
From March through December, this club meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Homestead Village at 1800 Village Circle. During the meetings, your loved one can listen to speakers discuss topics ranging from landscaping to flower arranging and share his or her knowledge of horticulture with the club while building his or her self-esteem. Your loved one can also participate in various activities to help raise funds for local scholarship awards. Membership is $35 a year. Belonging to this club gives your loved one the chance to build friendships with new people who share his or her love of gardening.
3. Lancaster Recreation Senior Center
Located at 525 Fairview Avenue, this center offers members aged 60 and over a wide variety of activities throughout the week, including daily fitness walking at 11:30am. On days when the weather is good, your loved one can have fun walking in Brandon Park. In inclement weather, he or she can walk indoors in the gym. Walking with a group is a fun way for seniors to get fit both mentally and physically while socializing in a safe environment. Membership is free.
4. Rodney Park
This senior center at the corner of Rodney Street and Third Street hosts the Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club for people 60 and over. The center offers weekly activities and programs that promote friendship, wellness, and fun. A popular activity your loved one can join is the year-round weekly pinochle game that takes place on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. Playing card games can boost your loved one’s hand-eye coordination and stimulate his or her mind.
Though romantic connections are important to many seniors, it’s crucial for all seniors to have some sort of social interaction. If your loved one needs regular companionship and help around the house, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated and compassionate caregivers can provide social stimulation and transportation, assist with meal prep and exercise, and help with many other daily tasks. For more information on the live-in and respite care Lancaster seniors rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (717) 540-4663.