The holidays may be full of celebrations and gathering of people, but aging adults who struggle with physical and emotional challenges might not believe the festive season is all that bright anymore.
Chronic illness, pain, and limited mobility can all challenge older adults’ ability to participate in holiday festivities. The results may be feelings of isolation and loneliness. This sadness or depression can actually have an impact on their physical and emotional well-being.
Recent studies conclude that loneliness may affect the brain and possibly even hurry the onset of dementia.
Researchers have stated that there’s a connection between loneliness and heart disease, also. Harvard researchers tracked 44,000 people with cardiac disease and discovered that 8 % of patients living alone died after just four years, in comparison with only 5.7 % of those who were living at home with a spouse, friend or family member.
When researchers at the University of California in San Francisco monitored a group of seniors for six years, they found that almost one-fourth (22.8 %) of all the elderly adults who had reported feeling isolated or lonely had died by the end. Yet another 25 % had significant health declines.
Here’s the good news: of the older adults who reported that they were content and satisfied with their lives, only 12.5 % had a health decline, and 14.2 % had died.
During the holidays, Comfort Keepers® can support seniors or adults needing care through a proprietary approach to care. Interactive Caregiving™ helps to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. Our caregivers forge strong bonds with the people they care for. Through this type of care, aging adults engage in meaningful interaction. Caregivers can help with cooking a holiday meal, decorating a tree, addressing holiday cards, or anything that could enhance the quality of life for the person in care. Caregivers can also drive clients to family events and festivities, so nobody has to miss out on family traditions.
Our specially selected caregivers are not contractors, but bonded and insured employees, who provide care for people, allowing them to remain in their own homes. To get additional information on home care that helps enhance emotional well-being, during the holidays or at any time, contact us today.
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