Dec 17, 2018 by The Crafty Caregiver
As you gather for festivities during the holidays, enjoying relatives and friends, keep in mind that older adults who suffer from physical and emotional challenges may feel alone and isolated at this time of year. If they’re unable to participate in holiday celebrations, their holidays aren’t so filled with cheer.
It can be problematic, or even impossible, for people with chronic health problems or mobility challenges to join in holiday activities, leaving them home alone. Feelings of loneliness can lead to sad feelings that worsen their physical and emotional health even more.
Prolonged feelings of sadness and loneliness affect the brain in such a way that it may even hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Loneliness and cardiac disease are connected, also. Studies from Harvard studied 44,000 people with heart disease for four years. By the end, 8% of those who had been living alone were deceased. This number was notably higher than the 5.7% of people who died that had been living with a spouse, friend or family member.
The University of California in San Francisco studied aging adults for six years. Their findings showed that nearly 25% of the adults who had reported feeling isolated and lonely at the beginning had died by the end. And 25% more showed health decline during this time.
The positive findings from the study: The people who described themselves as content and satisfied fared better, with only 12.5% with declined health, and 14.2 % passed away.
Comfort Keepers® caregivers can offer support to clients in home care during the holidays. With a trained approach called Interactive Caregiving™, compassionate caregivers counter the isolation and loneliness seniors might be feeling. Seniors bond emotionally with their caregivers, who provide meaningful interaction with them. Trained caregivers can be a big help during the holidays with meals, decorating or cards. This enhanced quality of life can make a big difference for the person being cared for. With transportation provided for holiday gatherings of friends or family, nobody has to miss out on traditional festivities!
All Comfort Keepers® offices employ and train their caregivers. The bonded and insured caregivers aren’t contractors, but employees who can assist aging adults in their comfortable homes.
If you have any questions about how we can assist your loved ones, contact us today. Learn how they can provide quality companionship during the holidays, or at any time of year.