Companion Care in Collierville, TN
Learn how our Collierville companion care can help ward off social isolation.
Loneliness and isolation are often thought of as the same idea since they are typically linked together. Yet, this is like saying ice cream and its cone are the same thing because they often go together. In reality, you can have just the ice cream or just the cone. In the same way, a senior may be physically isolated and not feel lonely, or they could be lonely and not be isolated at all. This is an important distinction, since one cannot ward off senior isolation simply be trying to address the concept of loneliness.
Senior isolation may be caused by many different life events. Sometimes, a senior simply chooses to withdraw and live alone. Other times, isolation gets thrust upon them due to the death of a spouse or significant other. One of the unfortunate side-effects of increased age is that the number of friends and family who move or pass on tends to grow over the years. Sometimes, the people around a senior slowly dwindle away until they are the only one left.
Women tend to be impacted by social isolation and loneliness at a significantly greater rate than men. First, senior women tend to live longer, so they are more likely to have a spouse that has passed on. Second, research indicates that women have a statistically greater need for meaningful social contact than their male counterparts. The studies are, admittedly, vulnerable to cultural and other subjective factors.
According to the AARP, warding off isolation in seniors, especially senior women, is not just effective at combatting loneliness, but it also lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, "Researchers reported that older women who maintained large social networks reduced their risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment...and women who had daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia by almost half."
Companion Care in Collierville, TN
Sadly, some seniors do not have large social networks or family with whom they can call or talk to every day. This is where Comfort Keepers companion care comes in. Not only can caregivers address a senior's need for help with daily living tasks, transportation, or errands, but they – more importantly – can impact a senior's need for meaningful social, emotional, and cognitive engagement.
Companion care is more than just watching television or looking at old pictures. While some seniors may enjoy this, there is no one-size-fits-all method to companion care. The secret is taking the time to find out what a senior is truly passionate about, what they like, what they dislike, and what they define as meaningful. After all, seniors may be surrounded by people and still feel isolated and lonely. Others may have just one, two, or three people with whom they talk and hang out, but due to the quality and meaning of their words and time together, they find themselves fulfilled.
For more information on Comfort Keepers award-winning companion care services, based on their trademarked Interactive Caregiving model, contact a senior care coordinator, today.
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