If our elderly parents are institutionalized, in nursing homes, we can visit them frequently and talk to them.  The elderly love to reminisce about old times, things that they used to do, old friends, old family pets, and places they visited. Institutions can provide organizations to help the elderly socialize more like senior citizen centers and organized trips and activities.  They have many activities going on such as bus trips, dinner trips, concerts, holiday bazaars, book clubs, and book exchanges.