Posted on Jan 31, 2018
Loneliness is a common problem among seniors. According to a UCSF study, 18 percent of seniors live alone, and 43 percent claim to feel lonely regularly. We all experience feelings of isolation sometimes, but for seniors with health concerns or mobility issues, isolation isn’t a choice. It’s a reluctant lifestyle.
For a senior who spends most of their time at home, it can be difficult to stay active or keep in touch with friends. While loneliness might just sound like a fleeting state of mind, for some seniors it can be more permanent than you think. In addition to health detriments, isolation can also lead to severe psychological issues. As much as you’d like to always be there to keep our loved one company, that’s not always possible with your busy schedule. With our attentive, experienced, and compassionate caregivers, Senior Helpers’ in-home senior care is the perfect resource for preventing your loved one from feeling lonely.
The National Institute of Science conducted a study that found that adults aged 52 and older who reported feeling lonely or socially isolated were at a higher risk for death. If a senior lacks an in-home caregiver, or close friends and family, that senior is less likely to notice illness symptoms and address the issue promptly. Having a reliable support system makes it easier to catch potentially life-threatening conditions in their early stages.
Seniors who feel lonely are also more likely to report having poor physical health. Without in-home senior care or attentive nurses, home-bound seniors are more accident prone, and at greater risk for illness due to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. Loneliness has also been linked to high blood pressure, which can often become a serious health concern.
In addition to the negative physical health effects, loneliness has been proven to have a detrimental impact on mental health as well. Numerous studies have shown a link between social isolation and depression. Loneliness has also been found to cause poor cognitive performance, even leading to dementia. Since the brain is programmed for social activity, a lack of social stimulation can cause negative neurological effects.
An in-home caregiver can provide a senior with just the right amount of social stimulation. Caregivers can offer much-needed conversation, company, and routine check-ins, so that your loved one has an ever-present support system.
Our Companion Care services are designed to give your loved one in-home senior care tailored to their specific lifestyle needs. In addition to regular check-ins and socialization, caregivers will participate in your loved one’s hobbies (whether it’s scrapbooking, gardening, and so forth), help run errands, assist with pet care, meal prep, housekeeping, and any other daily tasks. While we do specialize in specific conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, and Surgery Assistance, one of our most valuable services is simply providing companionship, and a reliable round-the-clock support system.
If you’re concerned your elderly loved one might be feeling isolated, or at risk for any of the negative effects of loneliness, reach out to us today to see how we can help