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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ways That Friendship Helps Our Brains

Create Lasting Friendships With Comfort Keepers®

How do I help my loved one stay positive and happy?

It is common for seniors to feel overwhelmed or frustrated when daily tasks become more difficult to do. The changes associated with aging take a toll not only on seniors’ physical health but also their mental health. Mental health and physical health are intertwined and equally important.

One way to improve mental health is to encourage your loved one to socialize. Any interaction with people outside of your immediate family is beneficial for your senior’s memory and emotional health. In our video series, "Friends. Forever. Always" we explore just how important friendship can be.

Another way for your loved one to stay sharp and happy is to meet new people outside of their usual social circle. Making a new connection is great for seniors’ mental health because it provides an outlet for them to share stories and memories that relate to pivotal moments in their life. Reliving these moments and sharing stories with a fresh audience keeps seniors mentally active and helps to bring up positive memories that stimulate their minds.

Why do we have better cognitive function when we’re interacting with other people?

Researchers give neurotransmitters the credit for the mental health benefits of socializing. While talking with AARP about this subject, Lou Cozolino, a psychologist and professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, believes that the release of oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin into the brain creates this effect. When a person’s brain releases these three neurotransmitters, stress is reduced and it’s easier to feel a sense of well-being and contentment.

How do in-home caregivers help?

The relationships that are formed between caregiver and client go far beyond helping with chores. Caregivers, who we call Comfort Keepers®, aren’t arbitrarily assigned to your loved one; rather, a selection process helps create a foundation for genuine friendships to grow. With Comfort Keepers®, your loved one is cared for by someone who is loving, patient, and compassionate. A Comfort Keeper is a companion as well as an in-home caregiver. 

They provide as much or as little assistance as your loved one needs, whether it is with cooking, daily tasks, or just spending time together. Comfort Keepers are passionate about creating trusting relationships with clients and ensuring your family is at ease knowing your senior loved one is comfortable and receiving care.

Having a Comfort Keeper not only minimizes stress on your senior and your family but creates an opportunity for your loved one to form a strong and lasting friendship with their caregiver. The relationship between a Comfort Keeper and senior creates a friendship that is founded on trust, compassion, and the genuine dedication of each Comfort Keeper has for their clients.

If you are looking for in-home care for yourself, your family, or a friend, contact Comfort Keepers and put your worries to rest. We are dedicated to easing the load of families and friends while allowing your senior to remain in their home. 

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