Approximately 35 percent of older adults report that they frequently experience loneliness. This is an unfortunate statistic, especially when considering that loneliness is a high risk factor for depression and can also be linked to poor physical health. As a family caregiver it is extremely important that you not only recognize the potential risk for loneliness, but also find ways in your regular care routine to help your parent avoid loneliness and ease these feelings if they do arise. One such way is participating in clubs and organizations in their community. This not only helps with feelings of loneliness and isolation, but can offer your parent a wide variety of other benefits as well.
Some of the ways that participating in clubs and organizations can help your parent include:
- Getting them out of the house so that they can enjoy more activity
- Stimulating their mind for improved cognitive functioning and lower risk for decline
- Allowing your parent to engage in activities and hobbies that they enjoy, and indulge interests and passions that they have
- Getting your parent in touch with others who share the same interests so that they can enjoy more social engagement, which boosts mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- Encourage more physical activity on a regular basis
A home care provider can be a fantastic resource for helping your parent to participate in clubs and organizations regularly. This care provider can provide safe and reliable transportation to meetings and activities so that your parent can participate as much as they want to without always having to rely on you. They can also be there with your parent to provide support and assistance throughout the activities to ensure that your parent is able to get the most benefit while also staying safe and healthy.
If your senior has recently been diagnosed with a new health challenge or condition, their needs have increased, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to supplement the care that you give, fulfill tasks that you cannot fulfill or that you or your parent are uncomfortable with you managing, and enhance your senior’s lifestyle with companionship and increased independence and autonomy. This means that your senior can enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle and you can focus on your own well-being as well throughout your care journey with them. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation to meal preparation to assistance with activities of daily living to mobility support and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.