Isolation Can Be Fatal
In a study conducted by the National Institute of Science, it was 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 proper senior care services, or close friends and family, that senior is less likely to notice illness symptoms and address the issue promptly. A reliable support system makes it far more likely to catch potentially life-threatening conditions in their early stages.
Increased Risk of Illness
A correlation has also been noted between seniors who feel lonely and those who have poor physical health. Without attentive nurses or regular care, homebound seniors are more accident prone, and at greater risk for illness due to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. Loneliness also has been linked to high blood pressure, which can often become a serious health issue.
While the physical effects of loneliness might more readily come to mind, loneliness has also been shown to have a detrimental impact on mental health as well. Numerous studies have shown a link between social isolation and depression, as well as poor cognitive performance, including dementia. Our brains are programmed for social activity, so a lack of social stimulation can result in negative neurological effects.
How a Caregiver Can Help
Senior care services can provide seniors with the right amount of social stimulation on an individualized basis. Caregivers provide much-needed conversation, company, and routine check-ins, so that your loved one always has a support system in place.
Senior Helpers Companion Care
For senior care services tailored specifically to your loved one’s lifestyle needs, our companion care services could be a good fit for you. In addition to regular check-ins and socialization, our caregivers participate in your loved one’s hobbies, help them 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 regular companionship, and a reliable round-the-clock support system.
If you’re concerned your elderly loved one is at risk for loneliness of isolation, and could benefit from our senior care services, reach out to us today to learn how we can help.