When caring for the elderly, we often focus on their physical health and medical needs. While it is certainly essential that seniors get the health care they need, we shouldn’t forget the importance of their mental health as well. Companionship helps seniors stave off loneliness, keeps their minds sharp, and alleviates mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
- It prevents depression, which often stems from isolation.
- It provides brain stimulation. Playing games, reading books and sharing stories helps preserve seniors’ memories and language skills.
- A companion can help prevent scammers from taking advantage of the elderly financially, by screening emails and calls and helping seniors evaluate financial matters.
- It can also have physical benefits, as a companion may encourage seniors to stay as active as possible and avoid unhealthy habits.
Despite seniors’ need for companionship, it can be a challenge for them to make new friends. During middle age and youth, we often seek companionship from colleagues, a spouse, members of our church, etc. However, seniors who are retired, whose spouses have passed away and/or who are homebound have trouble establishing and maintaining bonds.
So what can we do for the seniors in our life who lack companionship? Living in a retirement community is one way to ensure that they have access to new and ongoing friendships. A professional caregiver can also be a friend, a listening ear and a source of support.
Companionship is just one piece of the puzzle. Seniors also need proper care and equipment to stay healthy and safe. BEK Medical offers high-quality equipment that promotes seniors’ well-being. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more.