Loneliness and the Elderly: How Companion Care Can Help

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Elderly Woman Cutting Up TomatoesAt Home Support provides a range of home care services for families throughout the state of Texas. Our compassion and regard for our clients are matched only by our commitment to providing exceptional care. If you are tasked with caring for a senior adult who is isolated or lonely, we can help.

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Social Disconnectedness Is a Co-Morbidity

Being lonely and isolated isn’t just uncomfortable or depressing. Researchers have linked social isolation to heightened risk for a number of serious health problems, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Infectious illness
  • High blood pressure
  • Cognitive decline
  • Negative biological responses to stress

All of these contribute to an increased mortality among lonely seniors.

When your senior is under-socialized or un-socialized altogether, they are especially likely to experience diminished cognitive function, which can send them into a vicious cycle in which poor emotional health, reduced mental capacity, and greater likelihood of inflammatory physical responses work together to increase their chances of hospitalization. Once a senior is bed-ridden, even for a period of several days, their likelihood of serious injury or new health problems skyrocket.

If you could avoid all of this by ensuring your senior experiences regular, meaningful social connection, why wouldn’t you?

The Role of Companion Care in Keeping Seniors Safely at Home

Scientific studies have shown that un-socialized seniors’ brains shrink when social contact is not a normal part of their life. This affects everything from their ability to regulate emotions to their ability to balance and walk without colliding with objects around them.

Regular visits from a companion caregiver can keep your senior mentally active and engaged. Aside from improving their emotional health and positive outlook on life, it can decrease their risk of injury or developing a serious health problem. All of this can help keep your senior at a level of physical and mental health that allows them to live at home for as long and safely possible.

We are prepared to provide the attentive, risk-reducing companion care you or your loved one needs. Call (877) 959-9093 or click to request care today.

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