Benefits of Companionship for Seniors
Studies have shown that social connection is good for our mental and physical health. In fact, social engagement is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness, and longevity. And this doesn’t change just because we get up there in years.
Seniors benefit from social connection as much as anyone else. In fact companionship is an important part of any senior care program, not just because companions provide assistance with daily tasks such as housekeeping and grocery shopping, but also because they provide the social connection that greatly improves quality of life. Read on for more information on the benefits of companionship for seniors.
Studies have shown that seniors who feel lonely and isolated are 5 times as likely to report poor health than those who have regular social contact with others. Other studies have shown that anxiety, depression, and isolation can reduce a person’s lifespan. Companionship provides seniors with social connection, which combats isolation, depression, and worry.
You probably know that playing memory games will improve your mental alertness. But did you know that 10 minutes of conversation sharpens your memory skills as well? It’s true! At Avalon Home Care, our companions can provide your favorite senior with both conversation and games to support their mental acuity and lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
A sense of security
As we get older and lose some of our physical strength and independence, living alone can be scary. No matter how intelligent or capable we are in our youth, many of our abilities become limited with age, and we know it. This can cause fear and anxiety over what might happen in an emergency. Senior companionship provides the elderly with a sense of security because they know there is someone in the house who will help keep them safe when necessary.
If you’ve ever lost a beloved pet, a good friend, any other loved one, then you know how much joy and comfort there is to be had from talking about a single memory. The elderly have outlived many of their friends and family, and talking about the memories that remain can provide great comfort. An Avalon Home Care companion will be a confidant for your loved one, someone with whom they can share the memories, thoughts, feelings, and concerns—someone who will offer a listening ear and a loving response.
If you’re looking for a companion for your loved one, we’re here for you.
At Avalon Home Care in San Diego, our goal is to provide seniors with the means to live full, independent lives in the comfort of their own homes, and we specialize in all levels of custodial home care services, including: 24-hour care, hourly care, daily assistance, companionship, dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, Parkinson’s care, paraplegic care, quadriplegic care, and more.
For more information on our services, give us a call at Avalon Home Care today. We look forward to hearing from you.