How Caregivers in Douglasville Help with Senior Isolation
Senior isolation is a growing problem among the elderly population. It is not uncommon for families to be spread out which can leave elderly loved ones alone. In fact, it is estimated by the US Census Bureau that 28% of seniors over the age of 65 are living alone. Whether your loved one has lost a spouse, recently retired, stopped driving, or lives with limited mobility, spending large amounts of time alone can contribute to senior isolation. The knowledgeable caregivers from Visiting Angels® Douglasville can provide companionship and care to your loved one to help combat isolation.
Unfortunately there are several negative side effects to senior isolation. At Visiting Angels Douglasville, our agency experienced providing care and our caregivers know what to look out for when it comes to senior isolation. Some ways isolation or loneliness can affect your loved one include:
- Studies have found a link between illnesses, such as chronic lung disease and arthritis, and senior isolation.
- There is a higher risk of mortality when acute illness develops if no one is around to help.
- According to the University of Chicago, loneliness has been linked to faster cognitive decline.
- Seniors who feel isolated are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices.
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation can contribute to poor mental and/or physical health.
- One study found a direct link between high blood pressure and feelings of loneliness.
Thankfully, help is available. Caregivers from Visiting Angels Douglasville can provide your loved one with compassionate support and one-on-one attention to help them avoid feelings of isolation.
Douglasville Caregivers can Help Alleviate Isolation
Caregivers from Visiting Angels Douglasville are skilled at helping elderly adults avoid senior isolation. Some ways our care can help include:
- Transportation assistance can get seniors out of the house so they can socialize with family and acquaintances.
- Our social care program can teach your loved one how to use resources such as social media and technology to connect with friends and family.
- Caregivers can help your loved one exercise and go for walks which also combat diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Senior caregivers can also help loved ones get involved in activities where they can connect with others.
If you have an elderly parent or family member who spends a large portion of their time alone, call Visiting Angels Douglasville and ask how our caregivers can help your loved one combat senior isolation. We can schedule a free consultation to help you get started.