Simple Ways to Encourage More Social Activity for Your Parent

Being socially active is an essential part of maintaining health and well-being throughout life. This does not change for older adults. In fact, seniors are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and other health challenges and issues when they do not have the opportunity to engage with others as often as they should. This can also increase the chances and severity of cognitive functioning decline. Getting your parent to engage with others more frequently supports their mental and emotional health, stimulates their mind, and gives them higher quality of life as they age in place.

Caregiver in Cascade MI: Encouraging More Social Activity

Caregiver in Cascade MI: Encouraging More Social Activity

Try some of these simple ways to encourage more social activity for your parent:

  • Research the local community center and find continued education opportunities that your parent might be interested in.
  • Encourage them to find a club or organization that has to do with their hobbies or interests and participate.
  • Help them to find a cause that is meaningful to them and volunteer.
  • Take walks around the neighborhood and get to know their neighbors, or around a local park and find others who walk regularly.
  • Plan family dinners for once a week and invite extended members who live in the area.
  • Bring your parent along with you when you are going to sports activities, plays, dance recitals, or other activities for your children.


Being a family caregiver can be fulfilling and meaningful, but it can also be stressful. Handling your parent’s needs as well as the needs of your children, your career, your marriage, your home, and yourself can leave you feeling as though there is never enough time and you never have enough energy. Fortunately, home care is there to help you. An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, offer support and assistance when you need to focus on other responsibilities in your life, and encourage your parent to pursue independence, activity, and fulfillment throughout their later years. Knowing that your parent has this care can ease your stress, improve your quality of life, and allow you to manage your time and energy effectively. These services can include transportation to where they need and want to go, dignified and respectful support with personal care needs such as bathing and dressing, meal preparation to boost nutrition, medication reminders to help your parent stay compliant with their health needs, and companionship to support mental and emotional health and well-being as they age in place.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in Cascade, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.