Social interaction and engagement is an important component in both mental and physical health. Having supportive relationships with family, friends, and caregivers can keep people engaged in their communities and can have positive effects on physical health. Social engagement has been linked to improvements in stress, blood pressure, weight, and other health indicators. People who are engaged with others are more likely to make healthy choices when it comes to areas of their lives such as diet and exercise. Social engagement can also be beneficial to seniors who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Seniors Often Have Limited Social Engagement
Many seniors have less social interaction with others as they get older. This is often due to the death of a spouse and friends. Adult children may not live nearby and be able to visit as often as they would like. Many seniors are unable to drive because of physical limitations such as vision loss and may be unable to visit friends at their homes or go to community meeting places, such as a local senior center.
A Caregiver Can Encourage Your Parent to Engage with Others
If you are concerned about your parent’s lack of social interaction with others, a companion from Dependable Care can help. Our caregivers understand the social needs of senior citizens. A companion can go to your parent’s home in Connecticut and engage him or her in pleasant conversation about whatever is going on in his or her life. A companion can listen to stories your parent wants to share and talk about family and friends or whatever else is on your parent’s mind.
A companion can also take your parent to other places outside the home to spend time with others. He or she can drive your mother or father to a friend’s or family member’s home or to the local senior center so he or she can spend some valuable time socializing with others.
Contact Dependable Care to Find a Companion for Your Parent
Spending time with others is essential to the mental and physical health of seniors. Many older adults feel socially isolated in their later years, which can lead to declines in health. Having a caregiver who regularly engages with your parent in a positive way and encourages him or her to spend time with others can make a world of difference in your parent’s mental and physical health. If you are interested in having a caregiver provide companionship for your parent, contact Dependable Care today.