It’s important for your parents to know you’re not trying to meddle or control them—you just want to make sure they’re safe. State your feelings without being accusatory. Many seniors will be secretly relieved if they know someone is there “just in case”.
Encourage your elder parents to meet people and maintain friendships.
Most importantly, remember to check in with them. According to the National Institute on Aging (2019), research shows that social isolation exacerbates health problems, cognitive decline, and depression. A phone call doesn’t take much time—just a few minutes to say hello and catch up can make a big difference, and it’s beneficial for you both.