Connecting Mental Health and Friendship in Alexandria, VA
It is common for seniors to feel overwhelmed or frustrated when daily tasks become difficult or overwhelming to do and these changes can take a toll on their physical state as well as their mental health. One way to help your loved one improve their mental health is encouraging them to socialize more. Socialization, both inside and outside their regular circle, is beneficial to seniors memory and emotional health because it provides an outlet for them to share stories and memories that relate to pivotal moments in their life. Reliving these moments and sharing stories with a fresh audience keeps seniors mentally active and helps to bring up positive memories that stimulate their minds.
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Why are we happier when we interact with each other?
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.
How do caregivers help promote senior health and wellness?
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the relationships our caregivers form with their seniors. We don’t arbitrarily assign a caregiver to your loved one, instead, we use a selection process helps create a foundation for genuine friendships to grow. With Comfort Keepers®, your loved one is gaining a companion as well as an in home caregiver. They can provide as much or as little assistance as your senior requires, whether that means taking care of daily tasks, cooking, or simply spending time together.
Choosing to work with Comfort Keepers® can not only minimize stress on your loved one and yourself, but can give them the opportunity to create a lasting friendship founded on trust and compassion. If you’d like to learn more about senior health and wellness, our in home care services, or would like to schedule your free care consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us.