Companion Care in Pekin, IL

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Depressed people often do not want to interact with other people. Sadly, by withdrawing from social situations and becoming increasingly isolated, individuals who are already depressed become even more so. In fact, one of the best things that can be done to combat depression in seniors is to increase their socialization, physical activity, and mental interaction. With that in mind, let's take a look at three effective ways to ward off senior isolation.

Companion Care in Pekin, IL

Get out. This may seem a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but it really isn't. If you want seniors to avoid social isolation, few things are as beneficial as getting out of the house. Seniors who are hesitant to leave the home due to physical, emotional, or cognitive limitations may find tremendous consolation and benefit in Comfort Keepers companion care services.

Volunteer. Just getting out of the house is a good start, but putting one's talents and abilities to good use are even better. While seniors may not be eager to re-enter the workforce, they may find that they enjoy volunteering for an organization that needs or appreciates their particular skill set. Hospitals, schools, senior centers, and myriad other non-profits are always looking for reliable volunteers. Seniors who are not ready to engage in these ventures alone are often more inclined to sign up and/or participate in volunteer events when a companion care provider accompanies them.

Love on an animal. Pets are not just good for a senior's stress and happiness, they can get a senior out of the house which helps avoid isolation. Besides daily care, animals need food, toys, veterinarian appointments, and so forth. Most pet owners find that while they are out taking care of these items, they bump into others doing the same thing. Having an animal in common is a great way to start a conversation which may lead to a friendship.

Isolation and depression are not normal parts of aging, but they do tend to impact seniors more than people of other age groups. Thankfully, with a little care, planning, and assistance from Comfort Keepers companion care staff, your senior loved one can avoid the pitfalls of senior isolation.

Comfort Keepers of Peoria, IL offers in home care to seniors in:

Bartonville, Brimfield, Chilicothe, Dunlap, East Peoria, Elmwood, Eureka, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria,  Peoria Heights, Tremont and Washington, IL

 

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