From the time we are born, human contact is vital to our survival. As we get older, friendships and eventually romantic relationships become an important part of our lives. For senior adults, these relationships are even more important as they can help stave off depression and even add years to their lives. If a senior you love is having trouble getting out and staying social a senior companion can help.
How can senior companions contribute to senior 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 to remain 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 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:
- Lowered risk of depression
- Stronger immune system
- Healthier heart
- Reduced risk of disease
- 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.
For some, keeping an active social life outside the home is more difficult. A senior companion can be an invaluable resource in situations like these. They can reduce stress and help reinforce important lifestyle habits, such as healthy eating and exercise. Experts have linked companionship to better nutrition for seniors. Having someone to eat with can combat loss of appetite and help seniors make healthier food choices.
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!