Research has shown that social engagement and connection can have positive impacts on the health and well-being of older adults. The resources below detail the resources available in Houston.
What is social engagement?
Social engagement is the opportunity for individuals to connect with other people, sometimes in one-on-one interactions and sometimes in group settings. Houston has a variety of options for older adults to connect with others.
What social engagement options are available in Houston?
Senior Centers are group settings where older adults can meet other people, participate in a variety of programming such as exercise or games, and eat lunch together. BakerRipley offers Senior Centers throughout Houston. You can also search for a senior center in your area by contacting your local Parks and Recreation department as well as contacting your County Precinct.
Senior Activity Programs are available through a variety of organizations and offer single class or event opportunities to connect with others. The YMCA Active Older Adults programs accommodate a wide variety of interests and functional abilities for adults 55 and over.
Volunteering is a great way to connect with other older adults. To find out more about opportunities for older adults to volunteer, visit the BakerRipley Volunteer Services page.
How do I get connected to social engagement programs for my loved one with dementia?
The Alzheimer’s Association provides Early Stage Programming for individuals in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The programming ranges from education workshops to creative activities.
BakerRipley Adult Day Center provides socialization and engagement for individuals with dementia. Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements and scheduling a tour.
CarePartners provides free volunteer run socialization activities called Gathering Places for individuals with dementia throughout the Houston Metro Area. The hours and days offered vary by location. Click here to learn more about Gathering Place locations and eligibility.