Aug 19, 2016 by Luke Ries
Loneliness is one of the most common feelings within the spectrum of human emotion. Even on the best of days, it’s easy to feel some sort of isolation from others. But despite its commonality, loneliness can create turmoil in all our lives, causing serious negative effects, both physically and mentally.
Additionally, isolation can make current conditions – like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and heart disease – much worse. This is especially true for older adults, over the age of 65. To make matters worse, once these conditions are exacerbated, the likelihood of physical and emotional well-being is diminished significantly.
So, what can be done to help your senior loved ones who are currently going through a difficult time or fighting feelings of loneliness? The key is consistent engagement and socialization. Having family members and friends visit regularly – whether it’s to help prepare meals, play games, or enjoy a conversation – can have an extraordinarily positive effect on your loved ones’ attitude and overall well-being. Granted, you don’t want to encroach on their personal space; it’s vital that you understand their boundaries and recognize when they need time to themselves.
If there aren’t any friends and family members close by, you can help your loved ones get involved with a volunteer group, or have them join a weekly group or class. These are great ways to meet new friends, while enjoying something fun and/or educational. And thanks to the technology that’s now available, from cell phones to tablets, staying connected with those closest to your loved ones is easier and more convenient than ever before.
The trusted and compassionate in home caregivers of Comfort Keepers in the Racine area can also provide loving companionship for when others can be there, as well as personalized care services – from mobility assistance to meal preparation. Our unique approach to care, called Interactive Caregiving™, allows for our caregivers to “do with” rather than “do for,” which is imperative for keeping your loved ones engaged.