How Making New Connections Can Help Your Senior’s Mental Health in Rochester, NY
When talking about senior health and wellness, we often focus on the physical changes that come with age over the mental ones, but this is a mistake. Physical and mental health are intertwined and can affect each other both positively and negatively. For instance, as we age we may start to feel frustrated or overwhelmed by the fact that we can’t do as much as we once could, which can cause a decline in mental health. However, there are ways you can help.
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Encouraging Your Senior To Spend Time Socializing
One of the best ways you can help your loved one improve their mental health is by encouraging them to spend more time socializing, both inside and outside their normal circles. When seniors meet new people, it offers them the opportunity to share their memories and stories with a fresh audience, allowing them to strengthen their connection to positive feelings. Sharing their stories can also help to improve their memory and cognitive function! If you need someplace to start, try checking with your local senior center for classes your loved one might enjoy.
What Does The Research Say About Socialization?
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.
The Comfort Keepers® Commitment To Excellence
One of the ways Comfort Keepers® approach to senior health and wellness is set apart from the rest is through our caregiver's dedication to forming lasting friendships with the seniors they care for. When you work with Comfort Keepers®, your senior is not only getting a home health aide who will support them in whatever way they need physically, but a companion who will be there for them emotionally as well. We know that it can be hard for seniors who have worked their whole lives to ask for help, but it’s okay because we all need a little help once in a while. Our caregivers want to support your senior so that they can spend their time in their home doing the things that they love. We’d love to work with them to write the next chapter in their story.
If you’d like to learn more about what makes Comfort Keepers® approach to senior health and wellness unique, our caregivers, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (585) 209-3728.