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How Senior Care in Kirkland Helps with Isolation & Loneliness

provider of senior care in Kirkland sitting with elderly patient

The US Census Bureau has estimated there are over 11 million seniors in America who are living alone. When elder adults have limited interaction with others, they can end up feeling socially isolated and alone. Older adults are more likely to be dealing with loss of a spouse or loved one, driving cessation, vision and hearing issues, and limited mobility, all of which can lead to senior isolation. Because isolation can sneak up on elderly loved ones, it is important to keep an eye on your loved one's emotional well-being. Senior companion care from Visiting Angels® Kirkland WA can give your loved one the important social interaction they need to maintain emotional health.

Companion Care Provides Meaningful Connections

Meaningful connections which are formed as part of the senior care from Visiting Angels Kirkland can help older adults avoid isolation. Studies estimate that social connections can decrease a senior's risk of early death by as much as 50%. How is this possible? There are several consequences of senior isolation which have been linked to an increased risk of early death for seniors, including:

  • Isolation has been linked to decreased physical and emotional health
  • Lonely seniors are more likely to make poor lifestyle choices
  • There is a lack of aid for isolated seniors who become acutely ill
  • Studies show a faster rate of cognitive decline in isolated seniors

Your loved one can receive meaningful companionship through the senior care services from Visiting Angels Kirkland. Our caregivers will provide shared activities such as going for walks, reading aloud, and friendly games to create a joyful relationship. Elder care professionals can also help your loved one get out of the house and connect with other seniors at social gatherings, classes, volunteer activities, and more.

Companion Care Supports Ongoing Independence

Senior care from Visiting Angels Kirkland provides multiple benefits. In addition to receiving meaningful friendship, they will get help with daily tasks. There are some seniors who worry that hiring a professional caregiver will rob them of their independence. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. When caregivers assist with grocery shopping, meal preparation, walking, housekeeping, dressing, and more, they are actually helping seniors maintain their independence for longer.

If you have an elderly loved one who is at risk for senior isolation, call Visiting Angels Kirkland today and ask about our senior care.

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