Companion Care for Seniors in Kalispell, MT & the Surrounding Areas
Learn how Comfort Keepers companion care services can help ward off social isolation
Loneliness and isolation are often thought of like the same idea since they are typically linked together. A senior may be physically isolated and not feel lonely, or they could be lonely and not be isolated at all. This is an important distinction since one cannot ward off senior isolation simply by trying to address the concept of loneliness.
Social isolation may be caused by many different life events. Sometimes, older adults simply choose to withdraw and live alone. Other times, isolation gets thrust upon them due to the death of a spouse or significant other. One of the unfortunate side-effects of aging is that the number of friends and family who move or pass-on tends to grow over the years. Sometimes, the people around a senior slowly dwindle away until they are the only one left.
Women tend to be impacted by social isolation and loneliness at a significantly greater rate than men. First, senior women tend to live longer, so they are more likely to have a spouse that has passed on. Second, research indicates that women have a statistically greater need for meaningful social contact than their male counterparts. The studies are, admittedly, vulnerable to cultural and other subjective factors.
According to the AARP, warding off isolation in seniors, especially senior women, is not just effective at combatting loneliness, but it also lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, "Researchers reported that older women who maintained large social networks reduced their risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment...and women who had daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia by almost half."
Companion Home Care in Kalispell, MT
Sadly, some seniors do not have large social networks or family with whom they can call or talk to every day. This is where Comfort Keepers companion care comes in. Not only can caregivers address a senior's need for help with daily living tasks, transportation, or errands, but they – more importantly – can impact a senior's need for meaningful social, emotional, and cognitive engagement.
Companion care is more than just watching television or looking at old pictures. While some seniors may enjoy this, there is no one-size-fits-all method to in home care. The secret is taking the time to find out what a senior is truly passionate about, what they like, what they dislike, and what they define as meaningful. After all, seniors may be surrounded by people and still feel isolated and lonely. Others may have just one, two, or three people with whom they talk and hang out, but due to the quality and meaning of their words and time together, they find themselves fulfilled.