As your elderly loved one grows older, his or her risks of facing complications with mental, emotional, and physical health can increase considerably. However, making sure you or someone else is available to visit your loved one on a regular basis can ensure these issues are caught in their earliest stages or even prevented. Here are some of the ways frequents visits can help keep your loved one healthy and happy.
Reduces the Risk of Dementia
According to the World Health Organization, someone is diagnosed with dementia or a dementia-related disease every 4 seconds. While researchers are not exactly sure what causes these progressive disorders, they have discovered regular social interactions can minimize the side effects. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found older women who maintained social networks had much lower rates of Alzheimer’s. When issues related to cognitive health are not addressed, antisocial behavior can become a very real threat. According to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, stimulating activities such as puzzles, board games, or working on a family tree can slow the rate of cognitive decline. Scheduling time for you or a Palm Beach hourly caregiver to come visit your loved one and participate in activities like these can be crucial to his or her wellbeing.
In addition to losing some of their mental acuity, older adults experiencing cognitive decline often develop emotional and social disorders such as anxiety and depression. Clinical depression can affect every aspect of a senior’s life, including his or her physical wellbeing. While this psychological disorder should be treated with professional medical help, Palm Beach caregivers can spot the warning signs early on and limit the impact it has on your loved one’s life. Caregivers, family members, and friends should stop by frequently so they can provide your loved one with social stimulation and keep an eye out for unusual changes in his or her personality, weight, and attitude. A little extra emotional support in the earliest stages of depression can help prevent more serious conditions.
Encourages Physical Activity
Without the proper motivation, many older adults find themselves becoming more sedentary as time goes on. Regular visits with your loved one can be the perfect time to engage in a little physical activity together and get his or her heart rate up. Even just 30 minutes of walking around the block or taking a stroll through the park can provide your loved one with a number of physical benefits to keep him or her healthy.
Hiring an hourly caregiver can ensure your loved one receives regular mental, social, and physical stimulation. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can help with exercise, provide brain-stimulating activities through our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, and offer emotional support whenever it is needed. We also offer live-in care and specialized care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. For more information on the home care Palm Beach families trust, call a friendly Care Manager today at 561.429.8292.