Most Australians prefer to remain in our own homes as we age, but sometimes this can put us at risk of social isolation – especially if we’ve had to stop driving or have a health issue.
Silver Chain Client Lois Lloyd knows this feeling all too well, and she is using it as motivation to make a positive change to her life - to reconnect with friends and improve her strength to walk more.
“I used to drive, and I was out every day visiting friends, Lois said.
“I also ran support programs for women that suffered abuse. I rarely sat at home and I was very social, but that stopped because of my falls and when I sold my car.”
Lois sold her car because she was becoming more prone to falling and, due to her increasing fear of losing her balance, she moved into an independent retirement village.
“I’ve had three bad falls in the last five years, and four in the past four months.
“Losing my car upset me the most, and I thought it would be safer for me to be in a village community. What I didn’t expect was how isolated I would become.”
Lois’ villa is located only 50 metres from her village’s social and activity areas, but because of her risk and fear of falling, she can’t make the walk.
“They have lots of activities here as well as outings, but to go on the outings I need to get on a bus, and I just can’t do that right now, but I’m working on getting there.” Lois said.
Louis is receiving Silver Chain support to help her improve her stability and confidence in walking.
“I love Silver Chain for two reasons. I feel good knowing someone’scoming to visit me and help me work on getting better at walking around. And they are also helping me get out into the community more.
“I used to be very active in my church, but because of my physical state, I haven’t been able to get to church. So that is one of my goals - to get reconnected.”