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Combatting Loneliness in Seniors: Goodbye, Loneliness. Hello, Life.

One of the most troublesome aspects of the current pandemic is the isolation and loneliness that safety precautions have created for many of our nation’s seniors. Aside from the heartache of not being able to see loved ones, isolation also can bring on depression and inactivity, either of which can create a cascade of health problems, especially for older adults, who are at greater risk of depression and problems related to sedentary lifestyle, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately, for Sonoma Grove Senior Living residents, our Lifestyle360 Signature Programming offers plenty of activities to keep loneliness at bay. Lifestyle360, exclusive to Sonoma Grove, promotes the five dimensions of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. We believe addressing all dimensions of health lead to a happier, healthier life. During the pandemic, our residents have enjoyed programs from all dimensions of wellness to nurture the mind, body and spirit.

We invite you to check out how we are beating isolation: 

• Bingo and other games (including prizes)

• Bird watching

• Ice cream socials (now socially distanced, but still social!)

• Art classes

• Themed rolling cart Happy Hours

• Trivia contests

• Book clubs

• Canine & equine therapy

• And so much more!

And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Our communities have gone above and beyond to think of ways to combat isolation and give residents the togetherness with families and neighbors they crave and deserve. They’ve donned their creative director hats and have invented new ways for our residents to lead not just safe but happy lives—they’ve been able to live.

Proof? Here are recent comments from residents who discovered the Sonoma Grove “cure” for loneliness: 

“I moved to Sonoma Grove last month after living alone for many years. This has been a huge blessing in my life. I found myself being very lonely and not eating well while living alone. My friends and family suggested I take a look at Sonoma Grove and it has been the best decision. I have made so many friends. I’ve gotten healthier with all the dining options. I go to many activities especially Bible study. Anything I need they take care of. The community is so clean and inviting. I never want to leave here and wish I had moved sooner.”—Resident

“A couple of years after my mom passed away we realized dad was having some cognitive issues and just wasn’t thriving socially … so Dad, my sister and I decided it would be a good idea to check into assisted living. It was the best decision. The staff is great, the activities help him socially, physically and cognitively. He enjoys himself and is happy.”—Daughter

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