What can I do to get my elderly deaf mother to be more sociable?

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Deafness is very isolating. Add to that the widow part and her dementia, it's no wonder she's not socializing. She could be suffering from depression, as well. I'd take her to a doctor and lay it all out. See if depression enters the picture. Then try to get her around her peers where she may make friends.

Also, remember that people with hearing issues have a much harder time with big groups - background noise is a huge problem. So one on one is far better for her comfort.

Good luck with this. Please come back and tell us how it's going.
Carol
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Thanks for the comments. I have only known her to be deaf though she did have some hearing growing up. She certainly doesn't seem depressed to me. She seems quite content actually. I would like her to be more sociable so that I know she is out with someone other than myself and doing things that are interesting even if it's for a couple of hours. Thanks. I'll let you know if things change - hopefully for the better. I am not optimistic though.

Philip.
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Where do you live? Lol, I ask because I'm looking for buddies for my mom too, and she's worked with individuals with disabilities throughout her life and loves it. Shes only 68 but her and my father have both aged tremendously in the past year (drama my ex-fiancee - and I - caused). My dad has 4 children from a previous marriage that neither of them talk to and I'm her only child, so I realized recently I need to start planning and preparing to deal with this (emotionally) tough time coming up...
Try the Red Hat's Society
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I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for your suggestion and good luck with the journey towards gereatrichood (is that even a word?). I have since I posted the question found some adult day centres. I have yet to find the courage to get her to go to one of these places. What I am realising is that the dynamic of our relationship where she is the parent is still very strong and I back down too easily. That being said I do see that she is "listening" to me more and more. Thanks again.
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phil - a friend of mine s mom is deaf . they found a nursing home where theres 5 other deaf elders there . ohh she fell in love with them all and is very happy now that shes able to chit and chat with people her age .
hopeful theres deaf people around where ure at . give her a hug for me ! deaf people are speicals ,
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