Humans are socially wired. We need to communicate and socialize with others to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Often, however, older adults who live alone, cannot drive, or who are homebound are not able to enjoy time with others. This social isolation can lead to a lot of stress and health problems, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and mental illnesses. Some studies have even found that severe social isolation is as deadly as smoking!
Studies have shown that socializing:
- Reduces risk of disability
- Reduces depression and pain
- Protects the brain from mental decline
- Increases the quality and length of life
In-home caregivers, such as those at Live Free Home Health Care, can help the older adults in your life stay social and protect their health by:
- Encouraging attendance and serving as a personal escort to social outings such as club meetings, community events such as fairs, holiday celebrations and parades, plays, concerts, and sporting events, religious services and church activities
- Playing interactive games with them such as board games, cards and Nintendo Wii
- Planning and scheduling visits with friends and neighbors
- Providing transportation to an adult day facility or a low impact exercise class
- Providing companionship during family celebrations or vacations for maximum comfort and safety
Helping older adults stay socially active is vital for peak mental and emotional health. Live Free Home Health Care can help coordinate and facilitate social engagement activities while providing the highest quality of care for older adults in the comfort of home. Contact us today to learn more about our services.