Getting Seniors Out

My best friend is now 82. He was a world traveler at one time, but now he’s not interested in anything. Can going out close to home or to see a local event be ok for this former globetrotter?
Becket in New York

When an older person can no longer travel long distances, our job as caregivers is to help them stay involved with the world around them. Sometimes there are physical constraints, other times the constraints are financial. Both can be overcome.

Within most local communities, there are inexpensive and nearby events to attend. Most people do not explore their own community. I’m talking about going to a high school sporting event, a local theater group performance, or a nearby fair or farmers market. Local book stores often have readings and book signings, too. You’d be surprised at how much positive energy even the smallest local outing can bring to your friend.

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