Happy Senior Citizen Health Day!
May 25th is National Senior Health Day! While we have discussed health concerns such as Multivitamins for Seniors and Exercises Seniors Can Perform in Their Own Home, and we’ve posted articles like 10 Essential Health Tips for Seniors throughout the month, we haven’t talked about the health benefits of live-in nurses, especially companion services.
We’ve discussed the fact that Companion Services can prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s, but what exactly are the health benefits associated with companion services?
Companions do more than maintain routine
When a family hires a companion to help with an elderly loved one, that companion is more than a nurse. They are family. In addition to regulating medication, running errands, and aiding in tasks that might otherwise prove difficult for a senior, companions are also friends, confidants, and most often considered family.
Did your elder remember to take his medication today? Does your parent need help cleaning the house? Do you need someone to attend appointments with? Companion Services helps with daily routines, and help senior citizens maintain their daily routines as well as their independence.
Companions are confidence-boosters
Research shows that maintaining mobility is one of the best ways to stay healthy as we age. From walking, to dancing, to fall prevention, maintain mobility strengthens the body, combats arthritis, and even eases stiff joints.
So, what does mobility have to do with companion services? An older person who falls is often more afraid of falling a second time, and therefore limits their mobility in order to prevent falling again. A companion can safely help a senior exercise, walk, dance, even garden, because there is no fear of falling.
Additionally, companions help boost confidence in day-to-day activities, because that companion is close whenever the senior may need him or her. Seniors can now maintain independence and gain confidence in their abilities, all while the safety net of companionship is present.
Companions keep the mind sharp
Studies show that engaging in intellectually stimulating activities helps keep the mind sharp, thus preventing degenerative brain diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, some scientists maintain that the best way to prevent the onset of these diseases is to engage in intellectually stimulating conversations, play games like checkers and chess, and to interact in social environments.
Companions help seniors stay social and engaged. Rather than passive activities like watching TV, companions are people to talk to, someone to play games with, and a person to go on daily outings with.
Companions keep seniors healthy
We all understand that the basics of a healthy lifestyle start with the body—eating right, getting proper exercise, and taking multivitamins are all excellent ways to keep the body healthy as we age. However, it is Companion Services that help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle. Companions give seniors the confidence they need to try in-home exercises rather than walking, or to play a game rather than watching TV.
Companions help seniors maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, which ultimately helps to keep the mind and body both sharp as we age.