Senior Socialization And Mental Health in Royal Oak, MI
Senior health and wellness is an incredibly complicated topic, so it makes sense that we often focus on certain aspects, such as the physical changes your body can face, instead of others, like mental health. This is a mistake, as both physical and mental health are intertwined and can affect each other in positive and negative ways. For example, it is common for seniors to face feelings of frustration as they age and realize that they are having difficulty accomplishing all the things they once could. This can cause a potential decline in your loved one’s mental health.
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How Can I Encourage My Senior?
One of the best ways you can support your loved one and improve their mental health is by encouraging them to socialize more. By spending more time socializing with people, both inside and outside of their normal circle, seniors are able to share their memories and stories with a fresh audience. The social interaction can provide a boost in happiness and strengthen their connection with positive events while recalling past events can help to improve memory and cognitive function.
How Socialization Benefits Your Senior
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.
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
As part of our commitment to excellence in senior health and wellness care, we hire the most compassionate and caring individuals to support your loved one. Our caregivers are patient, kind, and committed to forming trusting friendships with the seniors they care for. We want them to be able to stay in their home as independently as possible and do the things they love with confidence and can assist them as much as they need. Whether this means your loved one needs a little help with daily housework, meal preparation, or simply someone to spend time with, we will support them and help them to write the next chapter in their story.
If you’d like to learn more about our unique approach to senior health and wellness, our core care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (248) 236-5627.