Home care and senior health experts agree – strong social relationships help reduce the chances of contracting a disease and improve overall health. It turns out that connecting with people face-to-face helps prevent a host of common health woes.
“Relationships help lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation; they also give us a sense of purpose – encouraging us to take better care of ourselves,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University.
Social Seniors Add Years to their Life
In fact, a recent study found that people with active social lives are 22% less likely to develop a serious illness compared to solitary individuals. One Australian study suggests that regularly hanging out with friends can add up to seven years to your life.
ComForcare Home Care encourages clients to get out and be social. For some, this means attending community events, and for others it may simply mean sharing a meal with a family member or friend. Home care providers work with clients to find ways that they can enjoy time with others and make new friends.
ComForcare Helps Seniors Socialize
Many of our home care clients have difficulty getting around, so home care providers may accompany them to social activities, dining halls, and community and family activities. For those who are unable attend social events, home care providers are able to invite friends to the house to share meals or play games, or simply provide one-on-one companionship. Home care providers spend time talking with clients, accompanying them on small walks, reading, or viewing films or television together. Home care providers can also communicate with family members to let them know when a client may benefit from extra family visits or letters.
There are many ways to get involved socially. It can be as easy as going shopping with a friend, inviting a co-worker to lunch, or taking a walk with your neighbor or home care provider. Family time is important to so try to find time to relax and enjoy time with your significant other or invite your children or grandchildren for a short visit. It is important to do what feels best for you. The point is to enjoy yourself and your time with others.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302