Seniors And Socialization: A Key To Mental Wellness
When discussing senior health and wellness, it is very important not to overlook mental health. While we often focus on the physical changes associated with age, mental and physical health are intertwined and one can deeply affect the other. For example, many seniors can feel frustrated or overwhelmed when they realize they’re having difficulty doing everything they once could and this can hurt their mental health.
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How Can I Help Support My Loved One’s Positive Mental Health?
One of the best ways that you can help your loved one maintain a positive mental state, is by encouraging them to socialize more. When your senior spends time socializing, both inside and outside of their normal circle, they are given the opportunity to share their stories and memories with a fresh audience. This can strengthen their connection with positive moments and help with recall, potentially improving memory and cognitive function.
How Does Socialization Benefit Seniors?
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.
Comfort Keepers®: Care That Makes A Difference
One of the ways our caregivers set themselves apart, is their commitment not only to senior health and wellness, but to forming compassionate friendships with the seniors they care for. With Comfort Keepers®, your senior is cared for and supported by someone who is patient, loving, and wants to see them at their happiest. We can help your loved one as much as they need, whether it’s taking care of daily chores, preparing meals, or simply spending time together. No matter how much or little assistance your loved one needs, we want to be there for them and help them write the next chapter in their story.
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