If you have an older loved one residing in an assisted living community, you may know firsthand that low energy, health issues, and mobility limitations can keep them from being as socially active as they would like to be.
“Time, perhaps, is the most excellent teacher. We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded,” writes Milan Kundera in Laughable Loves. “We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has.”
A significant number of older adults experience a decline in their social life compared to their younger years. This decline in social experience is often due to diminishing opportunities for activity due to a lack of energy, mobility, or other factors. Illness and a decline in mobility all contribute to a higher risk of social isolation.
A necessary part of searching for happiness in life is practicing self-love. Having a loved one in senior living may raise the need for additional attention and it is important to make sure they are finding their own form of self-appreciation. But, why is self-love so important for everyone?