A California study of more than 2,000 older women found fewer instances of cognitive impairment in seniors with large social circles. This is just one example of a growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of social interaction for elderly people. Here are some of the additional benefits of remaining social in the senior years while living with dementia.
1. Less Loneliness
A Dutch study noted a 64 percent increase in the risk of dementia for seniors who experience consistent loneliness. Instances of loneliness can be reduced by regular visits from friends, family members, and neighbors or going for daily walks.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Allen Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
2. Lower Blood Pressure
Social seniors may enjoy lower blood pressure, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Seniors who are socially engaged tend to find encouragement from others to make healthy eating choices and be more physically active, which can also keep blood pressure levels in check.
3. Better Sleep Quality
The Alzheimer’s Society suggests a connection between remaining socially engaged and getting more productive sleep, which has numerous health benefits for seniors. The National Sleep Foundation asserts that a clear, alert brain helps with focus, learning, and the ability to remember information.
4. Reduced Anxiety & Depression
A busy social calendar gives seniors a sense of anticipation and boosts mood. The National Institute on Aging associates an active social lifestyle with fewer instances of depression, a better ability to manage loss, and a longer life span, in part due to reduced stress and anxiety.
Mental and emotional challenges are common for many aging adults, but they don’t have to manage them alone. Senior home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy.
5. Increased Independence
Staying social provides plenty of opportunities to get help with household tasks or rides to the store. This access to assistance makes it easier for seniors to maintain independence. Your loved one may also be able to stay independent longer by exercising his or her cognitive skills in a social environment, such as in a dance or painting class. A University of Texas study of more than 200 adults aged 60 to 90 noted improvements in long-term memory and other cognitive functions among those who learned a new skill. Many local senior centers and colleges offer free or reasonably priced classes in everything from arts and crafts to digital photography.
Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. Allen families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at (972) 548-0392 today.