From the moment we’re born to the moment we take our last breath, social interaction is a must! Just like you can’t live without air, you can’t live without social interaction.
Did you know that individuals age 85 and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States? Unfortunately, a lot of these individuals do not have the family support they need. This is why community-based services are increasingly becoming more important than ever and here at the AFRH we strive to provide the social interaction that is needed.
Loneliness is one of the main things that many seniors suffer from. Some of the reasons are:
- Loneliness from losing a spouse
- Inability to independently manage daily activities
- Difficulty coping and accepting physical changes of aging
- Frustrations with ongoing medical problems and increasing the number of medications
- Social isolation as adult children are busy in their own lives
- Feeling inadequate about an inability to continue work
- Boredom from being retired and a lack of routine activities
- Financial stresses from the loss of income
The sad but true part of it all is that if loneliness becomes too overwhelming, it can lead to depression, which can make it even harder to get out and make those social contacts.
Both of the AFRH do not want to see this happen to any of the residents so they do everything in their power to give us options and opportunities to stay socially connected.
The following questions you’ll see on our Physical page as well because a lot of the social interaction consist of keeping physically fit as well.
What kinds of structured activities are scheduled throughout the week
What about day trips?
Both homes do a phenomenal job of scheduling day trips for every person’s interest. If we are being biased, which we might just be, we have some of the best Activity Directors that any Retirement Home has.
Is there a bus that takes residents to activities?
Oh, you know it! We have our very own buses that take our residents all over the area they chose to call home. In Washington DC our buses have hit the road to take the residents to places like…
- Navy Yard Museum
- Baltimore Harbor
- Annapolis Mall & Amish Mkt, MD
and in Gulfport, MS the buses run the residents to place like…
- New Orleans French Quarter & WWII Museum
- Honey Island Swamp Tour in Slidell, LA
- The USAF Thunderbirds
- Movie trips and much more
Is the atmosphere warm and friendly?
From the moment you drive through the guarded entrance to the first people you see when you walk through the doors and throughout the building…everyone is very warm and inviting. Of course, like any place, you have those that are stuck in their ways and are the negative Nelly’s but you just smile at them and keep on stepping.