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Companion Home Care Helps Seniors Avoid Isolation in Colorado Springs, CO
Find out how companion home care helps to keep seniors socially engaged.
Depression is not a normal part of growing older, but it is all too common among today's seniors. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of seniors "have at least one chronic health condition, and 50 percent have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer). While depression is dangerous for anybody to have, it is even more so for seniors since it is often misdiagnosed or simply viewed as a reaction to a life event that will go away. Further increasing a senior's risk is the link between social isolation and depression.
There are many reasons a senior may become socially isolated. Sometimes seniors simply choose to be alone, but other times they withdraw due to embarrassment over a medical condition, grief related to the loss of a loved one, or an inability to cope in social situations due to a physical, cognitive, or emotional challenge. Sadly, when seniors withdraw from social situations and becoming increasingly isolated they face ever-increasing risks of depression.
One of the best ways to help seniors avoid social isolation and the depression that often accompanies it is to increase socialization, physical activity, and cognitive interaction. Of course, these are all things that seniors who are depressed, or on the verge of depression, avoid. This is where Comfort Keepers companion home care comes in.
How Does Companion Care Keep Seniors Engaged in Colorado Springs, CO?
Companion home care is designed to help seniors enjoy meaningful interaction. While many seniors avoid social situations, their in-home caregiver can find many ways to bring social, emotional, and physical interaction into their care routine. By developing a relationship with the senior, a caregiver can help seniors rekindle their passion for activities and socialization. Over time, they may even encourage them to leave the home and take part in community events.
Companion home care is so effective because caregivers meet seniors where they are at and encourage them in activities the senior has already displayed an interest in. Seniors who love to garden will have somebody to garden with; seniors who love to walk in the park or go birding will have a companion to share their activities with. Other companion care activities may include scrapbooking, playing games, or simply sharing stories.
Isolation and depression are not normal parts of aging. Thankfully, with a little care, planning, and assistance from Comfort Keepers companion care staff, your senior loved one can avoid the pitfalls of both.