Keeping Your Loved One Mentally Fit
One of the most frustrating parts of growing older is finding that you are unable to do as much as you once could. For many seniors, this realization can take a heavy toll on their health both physically and mentally. But, senior health and wellness doesn’t have to be complicated.
How Can I Help My Loved One?
One of the best ways to help your loved one improve their mental health is to encourage them to socialize, both in and out of their normal circle. It may be hard to get out of their comfort zone, but group activities such as mall walking or book clubs can provide a positive social interaction that is so crucial to mental wellness. Even simply sharing stories or anecdotes from their life can help seniors improve memory and cognitive function.
Why Do We Have Better Cognitive Function When Interacting With Others?
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.
What Makes Comfort Keepers® Care The Best?
Above all, we are focused on ensuring your loved one’s health and happiness while enabling them to stay in their home. Our caregivers provide as much assistance as your loved one needs, whether that means helping with the daily chores, cooking, or just spending time together. They are passionate about creating trusting friendships with seniors and ensuring that their families are at ease knowing their loved one is comfortable and cared for.
Another way we foster this is through our unique approach to elder care called Interactive Caregiving™. This is the program we have created to ensure that your loved one is nourished physically, mentally, and socially. Our caregivers can create activities for your senior that they will look forward to doing. We want them to visit friends, solve crossword puzzles, or listen to music, whatever makes them happiest.
If you’d like to learn more about senior health and wellness, our care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (240) 242-5966.