It’s instinctive to many of us to know that socializing with others boosts well-being. It keeps us connected to other people’s experiences, beliefs, challenges, humor, points of views, and various other human occurrences. However, now scientific studies are verifying that interacting socially with others and avoiding senior loneliness and isolation enhances the wellness of both mind and body.
The results point clearly to the impact of friendship and social engagement for older individuals. A study conducted by Rush University Medical Center revealed that someone who noted a high level of senior socialization was almost twice as likely to avoid a disability involving activities of daily living than somebody with a lower level of social activity, and about 1.5 times as likely to prevent disability with instrumental activities of daily living or mobility. Very social older persons had a 70% reduction in their rate of cognitive decline compared to unsocial seniors.
However, being social is not instinctive to everybody, and for many, it becomes more challenging with age because one’s capability to get around can be greatly reduced. Here are several ways a home care agency such as Complete Care at Home in Santa Barbara can help older individuals stay social and improve their quality of life:
- Promote attendance at and serve as a personal escort to enjoyable outings including club meetings, community happenings such as fairs, holiday activities and parades, plays, concerts, and sports events, faith-based services and activities.
- Play interactive games with the senior like board games, cards and Nintendo Wii.
- Plan and arrange for visits with neighbors and friends.
- Offer transportation to an adult day facility or a low impact exercise class.
- Provide companionship at family get-togethers or vacations for maximum comfort and safety.
- Introduce seniors to social networks such as Facebook and Skype to allow them to connect with family and friends even if they’re homebound.
In the Social Activity and Wellbeing of Older Australians Study, evaluating more than 6,000 seniors over about 5-1/2 years, older adults who had routine, regular social activity experienced a slower decline in intellectual and memory skills. Improved mental capacity was observed most in seniors who were the most socially engaged.
Having a trusted home care agency provide in-home care to inspire and aid with senior socialization might just be one of the most significant ways to help an older person continue to thrive and feel alive. Complete Care at Home’s caregivers are all committed to supporting the independence, dignity, and social connection of every senior we serve. Reach out to us at (805) 727-3445 and learn more about our personal care services in Santa Barbara and other nearby areas. For more detailed information about the different areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.