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Socialization is key to longer life

March 2, 2018

Making and keeping those resolutions to eat better, see a doctor regularly and exercise more, in addition to visiting or just phoning a friend can help seniors feel better and stay healthy for many more years to come.

Many seniors are at risk of socially isolating themselves, especially those who can no longer drive or those who live alone and are likely to miss regular interaction with others. The Centers for Disease Control determined that the No. 1 critical factor preventing people from living longer was lack of socialization.

About 1 in 5 older adults suffers from depression or anxiety. Some possible signs of depression are lingering sadness, tiredness, loss of appetite or loss of pleasure in doing things they once enjoyed. Older adults may also have difficulty sleeping, worry a lot, display increased irritability and actively seek to be alone. These seniors should have someone they can lean on, someone to inspire and encourage them.

This is where Seniors Helping Seniors can provide a human touch, whether it's lending a hand, a shoulder or a smile to help quell feelings of isolation or sadness. Their compassionate, experienced in-home staff members are over the age of 50 and therefore understand the needs and wishes of their clients. When a Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver comes to help a client, whether it's light housekeeping and cooking, running errands or sharing a meal together, the caregiver and care receiver usually become good friends. Often it is the most important part of a caregiver’s job to provide companionship to someone in fragile health, thereby increasing their sense of dignity and creating a lasting friendship built on mutual respect and understanding.

Seniors Helping Seniors also provides respite care for caregivers and will step in 24/7 for a few days or weeks to keep life moving smoothly and keep loved ones safe. For more information or a free consultation, go to www.seniorcarerehoboth.com or call 302-858-7330.