Dementia can result in increased isolation and depression, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There’s evidence that suggests staying socially active may stave off cognitive decline and boost quality of life for seniors with dementia. More than half of those questioned for a survey felt people they knew avoided them due to their dementia. They emphasized the fact that social engagement is a two-way effort. By helping your senior loved one with dementia stay social, he or she can experience the following benefits.
Decreases Dementia Risk in the First Place
Elderly women evaluated during a Southern California study who had a larger social network were nearly 30 percent less likely to develop dementia. Researchers note that some seniors with a few close friends can enjoy similar results, although those with three or more tend to do better cognitively.
Boosts Physical Health
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggest seniors may enjoy lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart problems and some forms of arthritis from being more physically active while engaging socially with friends and family. Brain health may also increase when seniors receive encouragement from friends to:
- Make healthier eating choices
- Get regular exercise
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Learn new skills
If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care. Flower Mound Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, seniors who remain independent have the lowest instances of depression. Your loved one can stay independent by maintaining relationships with friends, family members, and caregivers who offer occasional assistance.
There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional homecare. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.
Enhances Mental Health
The Alzheimer’s Society reports that socially engaged seniors often enjoy better sleep quality. This alone can have a noticeable impact on mental health by increasing alertness. Staying social can also boost mental health by:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Stimulating cognitive function
- Enhancing memory skills
- Promoting a positive outlook
If your senior loved one needs professional dementia care, Flower Mound caregivers are available around the clock to provide the high-quality care he or she needs. Using the revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, dementia caregivers can help your loved one stay mentally engaged and delay the progression of the disease. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (972) 468-6010 to find out how we can help your loved one maintain a higher quality of life.