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The Importance of Social Wellness and Companionship for Seniors

Senior Companions

Did you know there are eight dimensions of wellness?

According to research, Social Wellness or companionship plays an important role in our overall health and well being. Senior companions can play a vital role in the life of your loved one who may need a little assistance in staying socially active. The short video below does a wonderful job of explaining the eight dimensions of wellness and why it is important to maintain each of them for optimum wellness. At WholeCare, we believe it is important to care for the WHOLE person. Body, Mind, and Spirit!

 

social wellnessSocial Wellness = Healthy Seniors

The health benefits of being socially active, for Seniors, in particular, warrant the prioritization of this aspect of wellness.

 

Some of these benefits include:

  1. Less risk of developing depression
  2. A stronger immune systems
  3. A healthier heart
  4. Reduced risk of disease
  5. A Longer Life

A study conducted by the Center for Aging Studies at Flanders University found that seniors with a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest number of friends by 22 percent.

Companionship can keep at bay the depression that tends to accompany isolation, immobility or loss of a loved one.

Companionship can also reduce stress and help reinforce important lifestyle habits, such as healthy eating and exercise.

A support network also makes recovering from major illness or surgery easier.

 

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A senior companion can engage seniors in conversations and activities that help keep the mind sharp as well as provide transportation to social activities. Studies show that seniors with large social networks are at a reduced risk of developing memory loss.

Caregivers by WholeCare provides companion care and transportation services to help seniors stay connected and independent. If you know a senior who needs a ride getting to social activities, religious events, exercise classes, or even hair appointments – give us a call. We can help!

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