Looking At The Benefits Of Socialization And Mental Health
Often when discussing senior health and wellness, people will only consider the physical changes associated with aging, but this is a mistake. Physical and mental health are intertwined and can affect each other in serious ways. Something numerous seniors face are feelings of frustration when they realize their daily tasks are more difficult to accomplish, which can lead to a decline in mental health and happiness.
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Encouraging Your Loved One
One of the best ways you can help your loved one improve their mental health is by encouraging them to spend more time socializing, with friends or family, as well as strangers. When your senior spends more time socializing and making friends, in can not only drastically improve their mood, but also their memory. When seniors are given the opportunity to share their stories or memories with a fresh audience, it can strengthen their connection to positive moments and help with their ability to recall memories. Your local senior center is a good place to find classes or programs your loved one will enjoy.
How Does Making New Connections Help?
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.
Why Work With Comfort Keepers®?
At Comfort Keepers®, our goal is above all to ensure that your loved one is the happiest and healthiest they can be while living independently in their home. In order to achieve this, not only are all of our caregivers passionate about forming lasting friendships with the seniors they care for, but they are all trained in our unique approach to senior health and wellness, called Interactive Caregiving™. This is the idea that your loved one should be nourished physically, mentally, and socially.
We give your loved one the opportunity to have an active hand in their care by working with them to plan activities and well balanced meals that they enjoy, as well as social visits they can look forward to. We want your senior to live their best life, whether that means solving puzzles, discovering an amazing new book or musical artist, or simply telling stories from their life. Let us help your loved one write the next chapter in their story.
If you’d like to learn more about what sets Comfort Keepers® senior health and wellness care apart, our mission philosophy, or would like to schedule your free care consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (610) 563-2968.