Everyone feels isolated now and then. Sometimes, you need a friend to talk to and no one is available. At other times, there might be a lot of friends available even though you don’t need them.
The most important thing is to keep in mind that isolation is not your fault. You’re not responsible for your state of isolation. You didn’t do anything wrong. You don’t deserve it.
And if your senior is feeling isolated, it’s important to reassure them that it’s not a reflection on them and it can be remedied. How do you do this? Here are a few tips:
Explaining to the Senior That They’re Getting Isolated
Sometimes, people are reluctant to accept that they may be getting isolated. They’re perfectly content to sit in front of their TV and watch their favorite shows.
So you have to explain to them the importance of getting out and mingling with others. Of course, you have to do this gently or else the senior is likely to react. And if they seem too resistant to the idea the first time you approach them, don’t push it. Let it go and pick up the thread some other time.
Working with Them to Come up with Ways to Avoid Isolation
Eventually, no one can come up with a way to prevent someone else from getting isolated. That person has to do it themselves.
Getting isolated or having healthy relationships is something that you choose. It’s not something that just happens. Nor can you wave a magic wand and make it happen. Friendships and healthy relationships have to be worked for.
So remember not to impose your idea of what a healthy friend circle should look like on your senior because they may have different ideas. Let them decide for themselves how to avoid isolation. You can just be there for them as a sounding board.
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