Posts Tagged ‘socialization’

The Scientific Importance of Social Activities for Seniors

May 14th, 2017

The Scientific Importance of Social Activities for SeniorsIt seems intuitive to some people that interacting socially with others elevates wellbeing by maintaining connections to other people’s experiences, beliefs, problems, humor, opinions, and a host of other human happenings. Now, scientific studies are displaying the benefits of social activities for seniors that could boost the wellness of the brain and the body.

The results point clearly to the benefits of friendship and social interaction for the elderly. A study executed by Rush University Medical Center demonstrated that a person who was documented to have a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of an impairment with activities of daily living than somebody with a reduced level of social engagement, and about 1.5 times as likely to remain free of disability involving instrumental activities of daily living or mobility. Extremely social older persons had a 70% decrease in their level of cognitive decline when compared to their less social peers.

And yet, being social is not second nature to everybody, and for a number of people, it turns out to be harder with age because one’s ability to get around may become greatly diminished. Here are a few ways a home care agency such as Visiting Angels can help the elderly continue to be social and protect their wellbeing:

  • Promote attendance at and provide accompaniment to social outings like club meetings, community events such as fairs, holiday activities and parades, plays, concerts, and sports events, religious services and church activities.
  • Share in playing interactive games with seniors such as board games, cards and Nintendo Wii.
  • Arrange for visits with friends and neighbors.
  • Offer transportation to an adult day facility or a low impact exercise class.
  • Provide companionship during family celebrations or vacations for optimum comfort and safety.
  • Help older adults navigate social media sites like Skype and Facebook to enable them to connect with family and friends even when they are unable to leave the home.

In the Social Activity and Wellbeing of Older Australians Study, testing more than 6,000 older adults across about 5 1/2 years, seniors having frequent social engagement had a reduced decrease in intellectual and memory performance. Better mental capacity was maintained best in those people who were the most socially engaged.

Having a professional home care agency provide assistance to encourage and help with keeping a senior socially connected might be one of the most essential means to help him/her continue to thrive and feel alive. Visiting Angels’ in home care San Jose staff are all committed to supporting the independence, dignity, and social connectedness of every person we serve. To view our full service area in California, click here.

California Senior Care Services Keep Seniors Sharp by Enhancing Socialization

July 12th, 2016

California Senior Care Services It’s a fact: remaining social later in life can be instrumental in fighting dementia. Seniors who maintain a social lifestyle have a 70 percent reduction in their rate of cognitive decline, compared to their less social peers, according to a study by the Rush University Medical Center. But with less friends nearby, and increasing health concerns, we know it can be challenging for older adults to prevent falling into an isolated lifestyle. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help the seniors in your life remain social.

Here are a few ways to make sure your loved one stays social as he or she ages:

  • Dust off the schoolbooks. Most community colleges now offer a wide range of life enhancement and continuing education classes for seniors, providing the perfect opportunity for older adults to try something new while forging new friendships at the same time. It’s also a great way to expand upon knowledge of current interests and hobbies, such as gardening, cooking, birdwatching and identification, and much more.
  • Get out of town. Senior centers and other community organizations often host bus trips to a variety of fun destinations for seniors, whether a quick day trip to a casino or museum, or a longer, all-inclusive trip out of state to include meals and lodging. Either way, it’s a great chance to meet other like-minded seniors who are also up for an adventure.
  • Get in the game. Whether it is joining a local bridge playing club or working on the New York Times crossword puzzle with a friend over Skype, or playing Wii bowling with a grandchild, there are plenty of games to provide socialization and enjoyment. Check with local community and senior centers to see what’s already in place in your area, or take the initiative and start something new!

The California senior care services offered by Visiting Angels help enrich the lives of seniors with activities to enhance social engagement. Our compassionate, experienced caregiving team provides the friendly, cheerful encouragement needed to get seniors out and involved in the community when at all possible. For those who are homebound, our professional caregivers can engage in activities with seniors right in the comfort of their home, such as playing cards, board games, looking at photo albums, and reminiscing. Give us a call any time at 800-969-0499 or complete our online contact form to learn more!

Startling Link Between Socialization and Health

July 20th, 2015

social healthThere’s nothing like the warm feeling of spending time with a close friend or family member, and there’s no question that a friendly visit with a loved one can boost your mood and morale. But surprisingly, socialization – or lack of it – can also impact our physical health.

Staying Social Reduces Risk of Disability

A Rush University Medical Center study reported higher levels of social activity are associated with a decreased risk of becoming disabled. Results showed that a person who reported a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of a disability involving activities of daily living than a person with a low level of social activity, and about 1.5 times as likely to remain free of disability involving instrumental activities of daily living or mobility.

Marked Reduction in Depression and Pain for Those with Greater Social Support

The Journal of Pain published a study that showed social support reduces pain and depression. A similar study showing the connection between social support and physical symptoms was published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Be Social and Live Longer

Being socially active can contribute to an increase in the quality and length of life.
Researchers in Australia followed senior citizens for 10 years. In people 70 years old and older, the risk of dying decreased by 20 percent when people had a strong network of friends. Having social interactions with friends provided a greater effect than interactions with family members.
University College London followed 6,500 British people over the age of 52 from 2004 to 2012.Those that lacked social interaction were 26 percent more likely to die during the period than those with active social lives.

Staying social as we age can be a challenge, but a professional home care agency, like Visiting Angels, can provide an easy solution to the debilitating effects of isolation. Our services are available on an hourly basis or through live-in, around-the-clock care and companionship. Contact us at 408-735-0977 in Sunnyvale or 510-284-0000 in Fremont to get started!