May 7, 2015 by Dean Bellefeuille

senior isolation - eldercare Syracuse NY

Perhaps one of the most disturbing images we conjure up when thinking of the elderly is one of utter loneliness, spending long hours remembering the “good old days” or simply staring off into space as depression sinks in. While it’s true that aging can involve a great deal of loss – friends, loved ones, the ability to drive, perhaps some degree of mobility – it can also be a season of new relationships and discoveries. The key is in staying social and avoiding senior isolation.

Studies have shown that socializing:

  • Reduces risk of disability
  • Reduces depression and pain
  • Protects the brain from mental decline
  • Increases the quality and length of life

In-home caregivers, such as those at At Home Independent Living, can help the older adults in your life stay social and protect their health by:

  • Encouraging attendance and serving as a personal escort to social outings such as club meetings, community events such as fairs, holiday celebrations and parades, plays, concerts, and sporting events, religious services  and church activities
  • Playing interactive games with them such as board games, cards and Nintendo Wii
  • Planning and scheduling visits with friends and neighbors
  • Providing transportation to an adult day facility or a low impact exercise class
  • Providing companionship during family celebrations or vacations for maximum comfort and safety

If you’d like to introduce a new friendship into your senior loved one’s life, contact At Home Independent Living to learn more about our fully trained, dedicated companion caregivers. We’d love to get to know your loved one and his or her interests, and spend as much or as little time as he or she desires on engaging and interesting activities. We’re as flexible as you need us to be and are committed to doing whatever it takes to make life a little brighter for your family! We are proud to provide professional eldercare Syracuse, NY and the surrounding areas depend on to prevent senior isolation for their loved ones. Contact us online or call us any time at 315-579-HOME (4663).