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    Humans, by nature, are social creatures. And as social creatures, the desire to connect compels us to join with others to create families and communities and societies. All with the hope of being part of something larger than ourselves. This isn’t just some random quirk of evolution. Studies show that humans benefit both physically and emotionally from these connections. And what’s more, when those connections are absent, we tend to be much less happy and healthy. So when it really comes down to it, quality relationships are a key component to our overall well being.

    More Difficult as We Age

    Of course we all know that connecting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. And maintaining those connections over the course of years is also tremendously difficult. This is especially true for the senior community. Imagine for a moment, spending the first part of your life making and fostering connections with friends, co-workers, and family and then watching them all slowly disappear over the second half of your life. This is the reality most seniors inhabit. Children and grandchildren are busy living their own lives, sometimes far away. Coworkers are lost through retirement. Good friends begin to die. Brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers do the same.

    Fostering Companionship

    We’ve written before about the dangers of senior loneliness. Studies show that seniors who live alone or experience social isolation are much more likely to suffer from a variety of maladies including depression, high blood-pressure, and dementia. So how do seniors go about fostering new relationships, especially when the physical and mental effects of aging often make that process hard?

    Use Technology: Fortunately distance is no longer a barrier to connection. Tools like email, social media, and video chatting make it easier than ever to keep relationships alive over long distances. This can be especially effective for communicating with grandchildren who live far away. There could be a learning curve for some seniors, but the rewards will be greatly worth the effort.

    Volunteers Can Help: A number of local and national nonprofits make providing companionship to seniors their mission. Organizations like Meals on Wheels send volunteers to bring meals and visit seniors every day, all across the country. Others, like Friend to Friend America recruit and train community volunteers to visit lonely and isolated seniors. A quick web search can direct you to local resources who’d love to help.

    Hire a Caregiver: Many seniors choose to hire a professional caregiver to work in their home. Caregivers specialize in non-medical tasks like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or grocery shopping. And during the course of their work, caregivers often develop real, valuable relationships with the seniors they’re serving. So not only do seniors receive help with important, everyday, they also get important one-on-one time with another human dedicated to their care.

    It can definitely be a challenge, but taking active steps towards fostering more positive relationships later in life will go on to pay huge dividends.

    Generations Home Care Helps Arizona Seniors

    If you live in the greater Phoenix area and would like to know more about how caregivers can provide important companionship for you or someone you love, Generations Home Care can help. We offer a variety of services aimed at keeping seniors comfortable in their own homes and as a new client, you could may qualify to receive up to 16 free hours of service. Give us call at 602-595-HOME (4663) to learn more.

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