The benefits of companionship are well known, but when our twilight years are reached, society tends to paint a picture of loneliness as a natural consequence of old age. This doesn’t, and shouldn’t, have to be the case because throughout our lives the necessity for social bonding never fades. Mental health is entwined with physicality and it is important at this time to keep both a healthy body by staying active, and a healthy mind through regular activities, which are all vital to prolonging a longer, healthier life.
In-house care, either within the comfort of one’s home or in a dedicated care home may be ideal for your loved-one. A key reason is that through companionship your loved one can find a fresh lease of life by encountering new opportunities, new activities and forming social bonds with new people. Studies have shown that companionship promotes a healthier life, reduces stress and promotes wellbeing.
Read on to discover just some of the benefits of companionship for the elderly.
Encouraging a General Sense of Wellbeing
Socialising and forming friendships is vital to encouraging a general sense of wellbeing and has been shown to lead to increased levels of happiness. We are all social beings at heart and as we get older the social bonds we create can become all the more deeper, beneficial and lasting.
Companionship and social engagement have also been shown to reduce the onset of certain mental health diseases such as dementia. Our brains need constant exercise and through regular social engagement our minds are kept active. Think of it like exercise for the brain – if we don’t use it, then it can start to deteriorate. In creating fresh encounters with new people and new exposures, our brain starts to create new patterns, keeping it active and in the process preventing the onset of diseases.
Optimism Encourages a Quick, Speedy Recovery
Following any kind of procedure recovery time is dependent upon external influences. Being surrounded by optimism encourages a quick, speedy recovery. Whilst going through a period of convalescence it can be especially mentally draining, so it is important to have support from family and friends during this vulnerable time.
An in-house care home can provide emotional support for your loved one both through the professional staff and its residents. Mental trauma is, also itself, symptomatic of illness that needs care and attention. If not attended to it can quickly deteriorate into isolation, loneliness and stress. Hence the expression bedside manner and the importance of nursing care followed closely by friends and families gathering together to support the patient.
Companionship Is Essential in Promoting or Keeping Independence
Companionship is essential in promoting or keeping independence for a longer period of time.. The inevitably of old age can start to cause our abilities and faculties for everyday living to deteriorate – but companionship can aid in preventing the onset of serious conditions. A helping hand can delay the progression of age related illnesses, whilst also providing the motivation and encouragement to maintain regular activities in day to day life, such as physical exercise, but also activities related to cognitive exercise.
Companionship Is a Perfect Solution to Issues of Loneliness
Companionship within an in-house care home can be a perfect solution to issues of loneliness.
Social isolation can be extremely detrimental to health by causing stress in the elderly and has been shown to lead to depression. When we are stressed our body becomes less reactive to stress related hormones which can lead to our immune system becoming weakened. We subsequently become more vulnerable to inflammation and diseases.
Being under duress can also lead to a lack of enthusiasm and lead to weakened cognitive functions such as decreased levels of attention, rationality and memory recall. Depression can even sometimes become fatal. Being around others promotes wellbeing and alleviates depression and the onset of certain diseases. Harmony and stress reduction can lead to a healthier, more balanced and hence longer life.
Exercise Is Vitally Important to Remaining Healthy and Prolonging Life
As we all know, exercise is vitally important to remaining healthy and prolonging life. Being in an environment with companions can do wonders towards leading a more active, mobile life. Having a friend to go for a walk with, or take a stroll with in the garden, makes for enjoyable rewarding companionship. Laughter and amusement alongside exercise is important for mental wellbeing – and enjoyment of these activities leads to a fulfilling life.
Only half an hour’s walk every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat and boost muscle power and endurance, whatever age you are! So that walk in the garden is of so much value to body and soul alike. Additionally small toning exercises can be extremely beneficial and simply dancing to your favourite tune, simple and natural in itself, can help overall fitness and health.
There are a myriad of health benefits of companionship for the elderly; from general well being to emotional support and physical health and keeping the brain active. As we get older life is constantly changing, as it has always done throughout our lives, and at this time it is important to embrace this change with positivity and a healthy attitude of mind.
In-house care may be an ideal environment for your loved one by providing a range of services all under one roof whilst also providing a new environment that can help stimulate social engagement, form fresh bonds with people and encourage a healthier, longer and more active life.