When family caregivers think about keeping their aging family members healthy, they probably think about things like a healthy diet, taking medications, and going to the doctor. But, there’s one more thing that should be on their list of ways to improve senior health—social activity. Remaining involved in enjoyable activities with friends and family is an important factor in keeping older adults healthy and happy. However, many older adults end up spending more time home alone. This may be because of health problems or the inability to drive. Fortunately, professional in-home caregivers can help older adults to continue being socially active.
What Does It Mean to Be Socially Active?
Someone who is socially active participates in activities outside of their home where they interact with other people.
Examples of ways to live an active lifestyle are:
- Participating in hobbies that get a person out of the house, such as golfing or playing cards with friends.
- Going to the theater.
- Eating at restaurants.
- Joining a hobby group, such as a woodworker’s guild or a knitting group.
- Taking a class, like a cooking or computer class.
How Can Seniors Benefit from Being Socially Active?
There has been a great deal of research conducted on the impact of social activity on senior health and well-being. The evidence gathered from such studies indicates there are several benefits, such as:
-Lower Disease Risk: Remaining active in hobbies or social gatherings may lower the senior’s risk of developing certain conditions, including dementia.
-Better Life Quality: Spending time doing things they enjoy and being in the company of others can make a senior happier and lead to a better quality of life.
-Live Longer: Research shows that people who engage in hobbies, social activities, or meaningful activities live longer than those who do not.
-Reduced Risk of Disability: Remaining socially active may also keep a person more physically active, which can help to prevent disability.
-Better Coping Skills: Research indicates that older adults who volunteer are better able to cope with traumatic events, such as the loss of a spouse.
-Better Cognitive Health: Participating in activities that use the brain or require creativity may help to improve certain thinking skills. There is also a decreased risk of developing dementia.
-Improved Mental Health: Individuals who are involved in social activities are at a decreased risk for anxiety and depression.
How Can In-Home Caregivers Help?
A professional in-home caregiver could help your aging relative to remain involved by driving them to activities or classes. Caregivers can also engage older adults in hobbies. If the senior is interested in volunteering, a caregiver can help them to find a suitable volunteer position that matches their interests and abilities.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Hillsborough, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203
At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.
As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.
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