Caregiving is about more than just providing help with physical limitations. It is also about strengthening an individual’s overall sense of well-being. Life changes that accompany aging can sometimes limit a senior’s ability to engage with others regularly. Fortunately, a personal caregiver can help support the emotional health of older adults by establishing a relationship that brightens their days and brings them companionship.
Why are Elderly Adults Lonely?
According to a poll conducted in 2019, 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 50 and 80 feel that they lack companionship and 1 in 4 feel isolated. There can be a variety of factors which contribute to an older adult feeling lonely.
Reasons Why Seniors Feel Lonely May Include:
- Lack of social connections
- Death of a spouse
- Psychological or cognitive challenges
- Experiencing an illness such as heart disease or dementia
Sometimes seniors may not be willing to open up about feeling lonely. They might think that their concerns won’t be taken seriously or that they are being selfless by not telling loved ones how they truly feel. This is why it is important to recognize symptoms of loneliness.
Signs of Loneliness Can Include the Following:
- A decrease in communication with others
- Neglect of hygiene or personal care
- Comments about feeling isolated
- A significant increase in negative thinking
- Bringing up health issues that may not seem valid as a way to obtain social contact with others
How Can a Caregiver Help?
Not only can a caregiver help your loved one with healthy nutrition, staying as active as possible, and encouraging independence, but they can also be a companion and provide social interaction. A caregiver can help older adults remain engaged in their community and connected with their friends and family. If the senior in your care would like to volunteer, go to church, or attend a class, a professional caregiver can provide transportation services and accompany them during these activities. Essentially, a caregiver can ensure your loved one feels fulfilled while remaining safe. By spending time with a caregiver, your loved one can experience a meaningful social connection with an individual who can bring them joy and help strengthen their overall well-being.
Additionally, caregiving services can enable individuals to live in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible. This in turn may reduce the likelihood of them developing feelings of anxiety, fear, or depression, which can often be the result of living in an unfamiliar environment.To learn more about how we can assist you or your loved one with the caregiving services we offer, please call your local Homewatch CareGivers location today.