Seniors and Companionship
There is a lot to understand about senior health and wellness, but one of the most common is the frustration many elders feel when they realize their daily tasks have become more difficult to do. This can take a toll on seniors not only physically, but mentally as well.
How Can I Help My Loved One Stay Positive?
One of the best ways you can help your elderly loved ones maintain their positivity and happiness is by encouraging them to get more socialization. Socializing, both inside and outside their normal circle, is often extremely beneficial for seniors for a number of reasons. Nurturing friendships can be crucial to mental wellness, while offering the opportunity to improve memory and cognition through stories or anecdotes.
What’s The Science Behind 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.
Interactive Caregiving™: The Comfort Keepers® Difference
At Comfort Keepers®, our goal is to provide your loved one with as much assistance as they need, while allowing them to live as independently as possible in their own home. One of the ways we do this is through Interactive Caregiving™. This is our unique approach to in home elder care that aims to ensure seniors are nourished mentally, physically, and socially. Your senior can work with their caregiver to plan activities that they can look forward to doing. We want to enable your loved one to visit friends, do puzzles, discover new books, whatever makes them happy.
If you’d like to learn more about Comfort Keepers® approach to senior health and wellness, our care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please visit us online any time or call us at (701) 297-2431.