This article from the people at EldercareABC Blog gives great tips and inside caregiver information on what works to keep you loved one active on social:
If a senior has the chance to get out and enjoy a social gathering, then it should be encouraged. Where they go needs to have easy access with as few steps as possible. They may need to be driven to the place and helped inside – then be assured that you won’t forget to pick them up.
Sometimes seniors lose contact with people they know and don’t feel up to making friends with strangers. They may feel the loss of a spouse with whom they shared outings and social events. If another person can go with them until they have made good friends with some more people it will help them to feel comfortable. Most people don’t like to go out on their own.
If your loved one is unable to go out easily, invite some friends in to play cards, bingo or just share a cuppa. If eyesight is a problem, you can get extra large bingo cards. They might even like to play snakes and ladders. Grandchildren are often fond of card games and will happily while away an hour playing with their Nan or Pop. Everyone needs some form of social activity and seniors, who are unable to do so many other things, need it even more.