Belonging to a church can also improve mood and self-esteem and can provide a welcome place for seniors to go during the day to get social, play games to help improve memory and brain function, and get out of the house for a while.
Here are some of the best benefits of attending a church when you’re a senior:
A shoulder to lean on
Becoming an active member in the church means having a sense of belonging and a support system during the most difficult times, such as battling substance abuse, going through marital troubles, or coping with health issues. Many churches even offer counseling services for members of all ages to take advantage of.
Help during hard times
Most churches will offer help for seniors who are confined to their homes, such as coming by to clean up the house, bringing groceries by, or just checking in and visiting for a while. For those who don’t have nearby family, loneliness can be one of the hardest things to get through, and being a member of a church allows them to feel a sense of family and community.
Adult day care
Many seniors have in-home care, and when those caregivers need a break or to take time off, adult day care is a perfect way to ensure the senior’s safety and happiness in their absence. Many churches offer these services, which allows the individual to come and socialize, participate in arts and crafts, or offer their own services for a charity.
Belonging to a supportive group of people can help ease stress and anxiety and boost mood and energy levels, especially if the individual is active within the group. Many churches have community outreach programs, a choir, and various other activities that seniors can participate in. This can help them feel important and vital in their community.
Better decision making
Studies have shown that people who pray daily exhibit better decision-making skills, because they feel more grounded and self-confident. For those who pray within a group setting, the benefits are even more obvious because the individual feels a strong connection to others and forges relationships.
Guest post: Jason Lewis