Home Care Companions Keep Seniors Happy – Friendship & Socialization are Important for Seniors
Studies from the Iowa aging group have shown that there is an important link between social interaction and the health of senior individuals. Although socialization is important for everybody – regardless of their age -seniors are more susceptible to the dangers caused by isolation. Seniors have spent a majority of their lives in the company of others, from raising families to working. Once retirement sets in, and children have left the nest, opportunities for socializing decrease especially as senior health decreases.
Improved Mental Health
Memory issues and depression are two health conditions that seniors often experience. Studies have shown that with consistent interaction with other individuals they can drastically reduce both problems with memory and depression. This means that just talking to someone once a day for at least 30 minutes can improve memory and ward off depression.
When living alone, many people tend to become malnourished, and this is especially true for seniors. They either don’t find the need to cook for themselves, or they just hate eating alone. Having a home care staff member over a couple of times per week to dine with can really improve the appetite of seniors. In addition, they can help them plan a get together with other seniors in the community, which in turn will inspire them to cook, eat, and socialize.
Improved Physical Health
Having an active social life is one way to truly ensure that you are physically healthy. Whether you get together with your friends for a morning walk, or go out for lunch, you are working to increase the abilities of your immune system, decrease blood pressure and reduce physical pain that is caused by depression and a lack of movement.
Strength in Numbers
According to a study published in AARP, the more people you have in your social circle, the better off you’ll be. It is a key component of a healthy individual to be surrounded by the people you love and who love and care for you in return. There are many ways that seniors can meet new people and develop a more active social life to improve their overall health.
All of these activities will help improve the social involvement your senior family members have in their community. Feeling loved and wanted, or just having someone to talk to each day, is a key element in living a healthy life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services, please contact Hope Home Healthcare. We can assist you with deciding if in-home care is right for you.