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Importance of companionship in aging

Written by: Sameen Junejo

Aging in place offers the unique benefits of independence, comfort and quality of life. However, your loved one’s desire to maintain their independence and living at home might mean that they will not speak up when they are feeling lonely or isolated. When choosing to age at home, companionship and social interaction are crucial to staying healthy. However, your loved one’s desire to maintain their independence at home may sometimes inhibit them from expressing their feelings of loneliness. Loneliness has been linked to a faster decline in cognitive and physical functions so it is critical for your aging loved ones’ health that these feelings be expressed. Here are some signs that can help family members understand how their senior loved ones are feeling:

If your loved one is showing some of these signs, they might be putting on a brave face to mask their feelings of loneliness. The first step to addressing your loved one’s loneliness is to recognize that you are not at fault for their feelings. Companionship is just as important as assisting with housekeeping, medication reminders and other needs that seniors have. We know the incredible benefit that a little walk and a little talk can have, and Bayshore caregivers can be there for both of you when help is needed.
If you are unsure of where to start, we are here to support you and your family through every step of the care process.

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