According to a recent study by John Hopkins researchers, isolated elderly are twenty-eight percent more likely to develop dementia than their peers who are not isolated socially. With few people to interact with socially on a regular basis, isolation seems to increase physical and mental health risk factors for dementia that include high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and reduced cognition, according to the National Institute on Aging. [January 17, 2023 Washington Post]
“Loneliness is a huge problem because retirement, bereavement and ill health mean many older people find they are spending a lot less time enjoying the company of others than they’d like,” says Abrahams. “Loneliness can affect your health, your wellbeing and the way you see yourself – it can make you feel invisible and forgotten.”
Team 5 Star personal assistants can provide many services based on the need of our clients, but we find that serving as personal companions to our client is the most needed and most rewarding for us. It brings us great joy to see our clients light up when we enter the room, talk with them (not at them), and provide the much needed social interaction they need. Most families, try as they might, can not be with their loved one as much as they wish, and are grateful to have our support and presence in their home to provide an interactive social atmosphere in which to thrive, not just survive.
Please let us know how we can best help you care for your loved one with compassion and loving kindness.