2. Encourage social connections outside of the home
There are lots of great resources out there to help people stay socially connected.
Local councils across Australia run regular programmes developed specifically for older members of the community and are a great place to start.
Your loved one may be interested in creative pursuits such as art classes, community choirs, book clubs or gardening clubs. If getting themselves there is an issue, you could offer to take them or find a volunteer who is willing to drive them. You may also want to join in on some of these activities, too!
Other great national initiatives include:
Men’s Sheds provide a space for men to come together to engage in meaningful activities
Go Volunteer helps connect people with volunteering opportunities
Heart Foundation Walking Groups combine physical activity and social connection
Country Women’s Association has branches across Australia in both rural and urban areas