A Caregiver’s Guide: Assisting Seniors With Treatment Decision-Making

Seniors often have a difficult time adjusting to the reality of aging. As a caregiver, you are responsible for filling in the gaps and protecting your loved one’s interests. You are certainly energized and ready for the task. Yet, you find yourself grappling with increasing challenges in a daily battle for normalcy. The roles have been reversed; you are now an adviser, mentor, and personal care aide to someone who used to make all the decisions. With this in mind, we would like to share our best tips for assisting seniors with treatment decision-making.

Caring mid adult woman talks with her mom's home healthcare nurse. The daughter has her arm around her mom. The senior woman is shaking the nurse's hand.

The Importance Of Research

Empower yourself by learning the facts about your loved one’s diagnosis. Both PubMed and the Mayo Clinic offer extensive information about a multitude of conditions. Research the pertinent disease, treatment options, and prognosis. You need not be an expert about all three. However, knowing important facts will help you guide your loved one towards more informed decisions.

Assisting Patients With Treatment Decision-Making: Looking At All The Options

Hospitals and doctors often rely on first-line treatments or recommended treatment regimes for diseases. Be sure to research all first-line treatment options individually. For example, how will each option affect the body and the immune system? Is curative or palliative treatment preferable for a particular diagnosis? What about medications?

When it comes to the latter, understand that many medications list seemingly alarming side effects. Do not panic. Look up the statistics for patients who experienced particular symptoms. Keep in mind that most medications have been approved after extensive clinical trial testing. So, if your doctor has recommended a medication, there is a good chance that it will be safe.

In any case, print out a list of side effects that you can easily reference at a moment’s notice. Use the list as a guideline to determine if the medication is working or hindering your loved one’s progress.

Why Patient History Matters

It is absolutely essential that you familiarize yourself with your loved one’s medical history. Pay particular attention to allergies, especially those that cause reactions like Stevens-Johnson syndrome or anaphylaxis. They can be fatal. Bring a list of noted allergies with you, especially if you are accompanying your loved one to the doctor for the first time. It is especially important to keep the doctor updated about the emergence of new allergies.

Records And The Role Of Decision Aids

Keep careful records of symptoms and new developments. Shared decision-making is a process: be patient and listen to any opinions your loved one shares. Here, decision aids such as whitepapers, DVDs, and videos may be invaluable in facilitating communication. They can help you and your loved one be active partners in the healing process.

David York Agency Understands The Challenges Of Assisting Seniors With Treatment Decision-Making

For more about treatment decision-making, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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The Best Anti-Aging Spa Treatments For Seniors

Aging is a natural part of life. Yet, our cultural obsession with youth and beauty increases our collective anxieties about it. Today, retailers make millions of dollars from beauty products that promise to delay the inevitable. Sure, seniors want to look good. However, many are more concerned about feeling good. If your loved one suffers from debilitating diseases or conditions, it may be time to think about a spa visit. Below, we are going to discuss the best anti-aging spa treatments for seniors.

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The Importance of Touch

Touch is a gift. Seniors who are no longer sexually active find themselves bereft of this gift. They yearn for closeness, but their daily lives are devoid of caring touch. Those who don’t have frequent contact with grandchildren or family members often suffer in silence.

Did you know that our skin is the largest sensory organ we have? Those who are deprived of nurturing touch suffer higher rates of depressive disorders and stress. In fact, isolation is as harmful to seniors as a smoking habit.

Anti-Aging Spa Treatments For Seniors Can Help

Rejuvenating spa treatments may be the answer. Whenever possible, seniors should have access to massage therapies, facials, manicures, pedicures, and body wraps. Regular appointments also create opportunities for social interaction and therapeutic touch. The latter comes with markedly positive benefits, such as enhanced sleep at night. Studies suggest that therapeutic touch may reduce restlessness in seniors who suffer from dementia.

The Proven Benefits of Massage Therapy

A massage can provide general health benefits for elderly patients. Additionally, it may also alleviate symptoms of certain diseases that are associated with aging. Several studies suggest that massage therapy can reduce some of the symptoms of two conditions typically associated with aging.

  • Osteoarthritis (OA): Researchers conducted a controlled trial over a period of 8 weeks. They gave weekly massages to a group of 68 adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. The seniors ranged in age from 55 to 75 years. After the 8 weeks, the researchers found that WOMAC scores were up significantly. The WOMAC is a self-reported questionnaire that assesses pain, stiffness, and functional disabilities in OA patients. Unsurprisingly, the seniors who received massages reported 20-23 point improvements in OA symptoms.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: The Hicks-Moore and Robinson study specifically highlighted how music and hand massages reduced agitated behaviors in seniors with mild to moderate dementia. Meanwhile, another study showed that 10-minute hand massages significantly reduced verbal aggression in dementia patients.

David York Agency Understands The Benefits Of Anti-Aging Spa Treatments For Seniors

For more about how touch can make a markedly positive difference in the lives of seniors, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

Alternatively, you can also get answers to your immediate concerns by contacting us today.

 

7 Ways To Help Seniors Beat The Holiday Blues

As the leaves turn and winter approaches, many of us anticipate the holiday season with joy. We reminisce about the year and look forward to family gatherings. We also browse the Internet for gift ideas, thumb through our favorite recipes, and put on holiday music. Yet, for many, the holiday season inspires loneliness, sadness, and anxiety. Holidays can be particularly difficult for seniors. Many remember a past they can no longer duplicate. Meanwhile, others fret about the demands of holiday entertaining. So, if you’re looking for ways to help seniors beat the holiday blues, read on to discover some of our favorite tips for the season.

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Effective Ways To Help Seniors Beat The Holiday Blues

  • Find ways to keep active together. Mild exercise and group activities can help seniors stay upbeat. Alternatively, you can take fun trips to the mall, go out to dinner, attend a play, or even participate in a new hobby together. The goal is to help your loved one stay engaged and happily occupied.
  • Invite seniors to help in preparations. Many seniors are experts at cooking, decorating, and gift-giving. It’s important to realize that seniors often want to be included in holiday planning. So, invite them to make holiday cookies, create simple holiday crafts, or decorate the house.
  • Keep up regular doctor visits. Seniors often hesitate to ask for help during the holiday season. Assure them you’ll still be available to take them to doctors’ appointments. Keep your senior in good health to stave off the likelihood of depression.
  • Share special moments together. Make a simple, delicious dinner, and invite your loved one to share it with you. Reminisce about favorite foods, and ask questions about your loved one’s favorite childhood meals.
  • Plan activities with children. Seniors can benefit greatly from interactions with young children. Youthful antics can entertain and amuse seniors, and shared laughter will brighten everyone’s spirits.
  • Enlist the help of therapy animals. Service animals can inspire calm in people. They don’t have complicated needs and share affection easily. More importantly, they can help contribute to an uplifting atmosphere in your home.
  • Take advantage of natural light. Full-spectrum or natural light is soothing and can mitigate the effects of mood disorders such as seasonal affective disorder. Consider adding full-spectrum light bulbs to your living space during dark winter days.

David York Agency Understands Seniors And Depression

For more about how to help seniors navigate the holiday season, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

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Intimacy And Aging: The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

Touch is an important part of life. Our well-being is often facilitated by compassionate human contact. However, our modern world overwhelmingly imbues touch with sexual connotations. As such, we have marginalized platonic touch in our daily lives. In this article, we will explore the importance of touch for seniors.

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The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

Nurturing touch is crucial to human survival. A 1962 Yale University study supports this important truth. Researchers discovered that touch-starved children suffered more developmental delays than those who received adequate adult attention. Touch-starved children struggle to adjust, even after they are placed with caring foster families. For seniors, touch can play a pivotal part in their well-being.

The Healing Power Of Touch 

Seniors often struggle to adapt to the challenges of aging. Many feel consigned to a life of loneliness because of their physical and mental impairments. They refrain from social contact and gradually become isolated from others. However, this can negatively affect their well-being.

Seniors need to know that they are loved. Studies show that hugging increases oxytocin levels in our bodies. This, in turn, reduces stress and boosts our immune systems. Hugging also lowers cortisol levels, making seniors less susceptible to heart disease and various infections.

How Touch Helps Seniors Stay Healthy

There are many ways seniors can receive their daily doses of healing touch. For example, they can indulge in spa treatments such as therapeutic massages, facials, pedicures, and manicures.

Massages have been shown to ease aches and pains. They also help improve our posture, balance, and circulation. Seniors who get regular massages often experience a greater sense of well-being. They see undeniably stark physical improvements and sleep better at night. A 2008 study shows that massage can decrease agitated behaviors in dementia patients.

Meanwhile, pedicures are particularly excellent for seniors with diabetes and circulatory issues.

As can be seen, touch is an essential part of human survival. We have the power to change the lives of our seniors. It is also important to remember, however, that even platonic touch requires consent. Therefore, we should do everything possible to ensure that our loved ones never feel violated. Touch should be pleasant, enjoyable, and uplifting.

David York Agency Understands The Importance Of Touch For Seniors

For more about how touch can make a difference in the lives of seniors, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

We’d also like to point out that you can get answers to your immediate concerns by contacting us today.

 

Insomnia In Seniors: Substance Abuse & Over-Medication

Many seniors struggle with sleep disorders and can’t remember the last time they had a good night’s rest. Rest is more important than most people think. Consider these facts: A study from the journal SLEEP indicates that seniors with sleep apnea are at greater risk for early deaths. Add to that, since sleep apnea impacts the quality of sleep, sleepiness puts seniors at a greater risk for dreaded falls. Other studies report that seniors with persistent insomnia are 1.8 to 3.5 times more likely to remain depressed. These are only some of the ramifications of insomnia. All told, we see that good sleep is critical to a good quality of life. Unfortunately, insomnia in seniors heightens the potential for substance abuse.

Insomnia in seniors has potential for substance abuse.

Alcohol: Potential for Substance Abuse in Senior Insomniacs

 

It is important to realize, that sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep) increases with age. As such, the idea of using alcohol as a sleep aid becomes very tempting. Many seniors mistakenly believe that having a couple of beers or a glass of wine will help them get a better night’s rest. Be aware, for its part, alcohol amplifies, rather than mitigates sleep disorders.

Older adults have a decreased tolerance for alcohol. Moreover, seniors who rely on alcohol often find sleep disruptions the norm in their daily battle against insomnia. While alcohol may induce sleep, its lulling quality comes at a price. The sleep that it induces is a more disruptive sleep especially during the second half of the night. It also has a negative impact on the deep Rapid Eye Movement (REM) which is so critical to feeling rested.

As one might expect, seniors with substance abuse histories are at a higher risk of persistent addictive behavior with respect to alcohol use.

Prescription Medication And Its Negative Effect On Seniors

Older adults may take different types of medication for a number of ailments. Unfortunately, these medications often interfere with getting the sleep they need. Many medications for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, and chronic pain have markedly negative side effects such as changing their biological clock. Few seniors may be aware that a common side effect of some medications is insomnia. A point often overlooked is that a combination of medications can result in a variety of sleep disorders.

Over the Counter (OTC) Medications And Caffeine: A Dangerous Mix

Many seniors unwittingly use medications or stimulants that adversely impact sleep. For example, they take coffee with their breakfast, unaware that caffeine can significantly reduce the quality of their sleep. In fact, caffeine stays in the digestive system for several hours after ingestion.

Many seniors rely on caffeine for a much-needed boost of energy in the mornings. However, this can result in wakefulness at night-time. Meanwhile, other seniors turn to OTC sleep medications to help them sleep. Ultimately, they become dependent on them. Seniors who rely on both OTC medications and caffeine face even greater dangers. They risk compounding their sleep problems and indulging addictive habits that can negatively affect their health.

David York Agency Understands The Risks Of Insomnia In Seniors With Substance Abuse Histories

Of course, many factors contribute to sleep disorders among the elderly, and we recognize that each senior is unique. For more about how seniors and substance abuse, be sure to explore David York Agency’s blog.

If you need more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

We’d also like to point out that you can get answers to your immediate concerns by contacting us today.

6 Ways To Keep Our Aging Brains Active

We all know that mental functions decline as we age. However, cognitive decline need not be an inevitable aspect of getting older. Below, we discuss six ways to keep our aging brains active.

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Mental Stimulation

Research shows that mental activity stimulates new connections between nerve cells. It may also help generate new brain cells and guard against cell deterioration. In short, keeping the mind active is one way to retain cognitive function as we age. Mentally-stimulating activities include:

  • Reading.
  • Solving crossword puzzles.
  • Crafting.
  • Painting.
  • Woodworking.
  • Learning a new skill.

Physical Activity

Exercising is another way to keep our brains active. This is because physical movement stimulates blood vessels and directs oxygen-rich blood to the brain region responsible for conscious thought. Exercising also generates the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between synapses. As a result, our brains work more efficiently.

Exercise is definitely one way to keep our aging brains active. It also lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, balances blood sugar, and reduces mental stress.

Socializing With Friends

In 2007, Kaiser Permanente researcher Valerie Crooks published the results of a four-year study involving 2,200 women. Cooks found that women who enjoyed daily social contact had a considerably lower risk of developing dementia.

Meanwhile, Robert Wilson studied a group of 80-year-old patients at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He found that lonely people had a higher likelihood of developing dementia. Both studies show that building social connections can be an effective means of keeping our aging brains healthy.

Writing For Pleasure

An additional way to get mental stimulation is to write. The act of writing improves our cognitive performance. Certainly, writing need not be an ordeal. You can begin by jotting down your thoughts in a daily journal. If you feel a little adventurous, you can try writing poetry or even a short story. The key is to write consistently.

Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of maintaining your brain’s health as you age. A study performed by the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore showed that the less older adults slept, the faster their brains aged. In other words, getting enough sleep helps preserve brain function.

University of Exeter psychologist Dr. Nicolas Dumay found that adequate sleep almost doubles our memory recall abilities. So, getting enough shuteye is one way to keep our aging brains active.

Eating a Balanced Diet

Good nutrition may also improve brain health. For example, foods with antioxidants can neutralize harmful free radicals. You can get these antioxidants by eating fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and spices.

Some researchers even advise a traditional Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. On such a diet, you will eat moderate amounts of fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy, plus small portions of red meat, processed foods, and desserts. This diet also strongly emphasizes plant-based foods and healthy fats from oily fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

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For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance you need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

Staying Independent: Smart Speakers for Seniors

The US Census Bureau reports that the 65 and older population grew faster than any other demographic group between 2000 and 2010. Today, seniors are living longer and expecting more from their twilight years. Unquestionably, they are redefining the purpose and meaning of aging.

According to an AARP survey, an astounding 90% of seniors favor independent living. What’s more, they welcome the role of smart technology in facilitating this goal. Today, high-tech monitoring systems such as smart speakers are giving seniors the ability to preserve their valued independence.

Staying Independent: Smart Speakers for Seniors

What Smart Speakers Can Do For Seniors

Today’s smarts speakers are state-of-the-art tools. There are no wires, electrical plugs, or microphones to manage. Therefore, they are perfect for seniors who suffer from arthritis or other joint diseases. The speakers operate by voice commands. Once the activation word is spoken, the smart speakers can hear and respond to queries. This means that seniors can make requests from the comfort of their beds or couches.

Seniors can choose between Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Apple’s Siri. The choice of a digital assistant will depend upon personal preferences.

Today’s smart speakers can activate lights, change thermostat settings, or even turn off the oven. They can also remind seniors to take their medications, pay their bills, or check their stock portfolios. Seniors who have failing eyesight can rely on smart speakers to read their favorite novels to them. Most importantly, family members can monitor their loved ones remotely. In the event of an emergency, smart speakers can initiate 911 calls and alert the proper authorities.

So, which smart speakers for seniors should you purchase? Here are 3 industry recommendations that may interest you.

Top Smart Speakers for Seniors

Sonos One is Wired’s top choice for “best overall speaker.” It’s affordable, has excellent sound quality, and can connect to over 65 music and audio services. It also supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and connects to many smart home devices.

Next, Wired ranks the JBL Link 20 as the “best portable speaker.” It’s waterproof, has a ten-hour battery, and is compatible with a number of streaming services and Google apps. This means that seniors can enjoy evergreen music through Youtube, Pandora, or Spotify. The JBL Link 20 also features Google Assistant, which plays Netflix shows and answers questions with expert authority.

The Wired choice for “best smart speaker with a screen” is the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon Echo plays Amazon Prime videos and daily news briefings. It also shows the lyrics to some Amazon Music tracks, and best of all, it supports video calls. This means that seniors can stay connected to their loved ones on a regular basis.

So, how do you like these choices? If you’d like more information about independent living and aging in place, we’re happy to help. Our health professionals can make recommendations about smart technology and ways to help your loved ones retain their independence as they navigate their twilight years.

For quality senior services, contact us. For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Aquatic Activities for Seniors

As we have discussed many times, seniors need exercise just as much as the younger generation. It’s so important that they find routines that meet their needs. Water-based activities are some of the best workouts seniors can experience. Aquatic activities for seniors are in high demand because they provide an excellent low-impact, low-risk exercise for seniors.

A multi-ethnic group of senior adults are taking a water aerobics class at the public pool. They are holding water weights and are working out.

For many seniors, pain can be an obstacle when committing to an exercise routine. Fortunately, aquatic exercise cuts back on the possibility of injury. Water’s buoyancy results in very little pressure on joints and muscles, but still allows for full range of movement. Stretching and resistance training can both be achieved in the pool with much less effort than on dry land!

Not only do water-based activities provide the exercise that senior bodies require, they also fulfill social needs. Because pools are typically available in shared spaces like community centers, these aquatic classes force seniors to socialize.

Senior classes meet the needs and safety concerns of seniors. Here are just a few aquatic activities that the elderly may enjoy.

 

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes provide fun social interaction and all the health benefits of aerobic exercise. Led by a trained professionals who are qualified in CPR, water aerobics is a great activity that keeps seniors in mind. Seniors-only classes are designed specifically for seniors, utilizing oldies music and simplified exercises to keep everyone happy and healthy.

 

Swimming Laps

Many seniors choose swimming as an option since you can do it at any time, you can go at your own pace and stop at any time. Like any new activity, if you are new to swimming or haven’t been swimming laps in a while, you may want to start by consulting a trained professional or take private lessons until you are comfortable in the environment.

 

Water Walking

Take your daily walk to the next level with water walking. In this activity, seniors go through the motions of their walking routine in the swimming pool. This activity is wonderful because you can do it alone or with a group. For an added challenge, add ankle weights.

 

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us online or by phone at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide how to provide your loved ones with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.

How Home Health Aides Can Prevent Foodborne Illness

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People over 65 need to take special care to reduce their chances of contracting foodborne illness (i.e. food poisoning). Fortunately, home health aides for senior citizens can help.

Generally, food in the U.S. is usually very safe. However, food that has started to go bad or has been in a refrigerator too long may carry bacteria. This could cause illness in anyone, but is particularly dangerous for the elderly.

Toxins Especially Dangerous to Elderly

Older people process toxins in their body more slowly than younger people, so bacteria stay in their body longer. In addition, older people may have weaker immune systems, due either to chronic conditions or medications.

Seniors tend to live alone or with an elderly spouse. As such, food may often sit in the refrigerator longer and even go bad. Their lack of mobility and a normal concern about the budget on a fixed retirement income can contribute to the problem.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 48 million Americans become ill each year from foodborne illnesses. As many as 128,000 people are hospitalized annually, and 3,000 of those foodborne illnesses become fatal. Many of those affected are senior citizens or children.

Home Health Aide Can Prevent Illness

Here’s where a home health aide can help. As people age, their memory may gradually deteriorate and they may lose some of the acuity of smell and taste they once had. Smell and taste are the ways people can easily tell if food is no longer safe to eat. If an elderly parent, relative, or friend is dealing with a diminishment in those senses, a home senior care aide can examine fruits, vegetables, and meats to see if they are still fresh.

A home health aide who helps prepare food or provides company can be a safeguard against food poisoning. At David York Agency, we offer a number of home healthcare services to help ensure your elderly loved one gets the care and nutrition they need. Whether you just need someone to come over a few days a week to help prepare fresh, healthy meals or you need a full-time home healthcare assistant, we can help.

 

For more information about our qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance you need.

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5 Simple Ways to Combat Senior Loneliness

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Isolation at any age can be detrimental to emotional health, but studies suggest that the effects of loneliness can be much more far-reaching. Dr. John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago Neurosciences program ran a 30-year study on the effects of isolation in seniors and his discoveries were startling. Loneliness affects mental health as well as emotional well-being and has proven to be a risk factor for cognitive decline, long-term illness, and a shortened lifespan. Unfortunately, senior loneliness continues to be a real problem. 

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that there are many ways to help isolated seniors socialize and have more human contact. A few simple solutions can reverse loneliness, improve long-term health, and create a happier tomorrow for you or your loved one.

1. Get Out and About With Available Transportation

It can be difficult to find convenient transportation, especially in small towns. In fact, 41% of seniors feel that transportation options in their area are inadequate to meet their needs. However, utilizing transportation when and where it is available can help you make great strides in feeling less isolated.

Even a quick cab ride to a park only minutes from your home can make a big difference. Take the time to learn or discuss with a loved one the public transportation routes in the area so you are familiar with them when you need them.

Contact your local government agency to discover transportation options for the elderly in your area. Many churches and other charitable organizations are also willing to help if you only ask. If these options do not appeal to you, consider asking family and friends to take turns helping you get from A to B. While it may be hard to ask, most people are more than happy to help.

2. Volunteer and Make a Difference

Seniors have a deep reservoir of life experience and talents which has the potential to make them incredibly valuable as caring volunteers. Not only does giving back help others, but it can help seniors too. Volunteering helps you create a growing social circle while improving your own mental health and well-being. It’s a win-win for everyone!

3. Get Moving With Exercise

Exercise is known to increase feel-good hormones and decrease anxiety. In fact, even 5 minutes of walking has been shown to decrease stress. The good news is, the longer you move the more benefits you will receive. From stretching to even seated movements, there are exercises for every fitness and mobility level that can be beneficial to your health—both physical and emotional. It’s even better when you get out to a class adding an important element of socialization to the mix.

4. Enroll in a Class of Any Kind

Studies reveal a surprising truth: one of the most effective ways to combat loneliness—at any age—is to join a class and improve education. Classes not only help you to interact with the world around you, but they also serve as a great way to improve cognitive function. Striving to learn something new every day keeps your mind active and you young and healthy. Even a class on a hobby like art or bridge or writing can keep you active and in touch with people of similar interests.

5. Consider Home Care

Home care agencies are much more than just helping hands. They also serve as a support system and window to the world for seniors and their loved ones. Isolation is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s digital world. If a senior is isolated from the world, chances are their friend or family member who provides their care may be isolated too. A senior care expert can free up time for both seniors and those they love to make time for relaxing, getting out, or doing something fun for a while.

Loneliness is never permanent if we care enough to shed light on it. The solution doesn’t have to be difficult or require large amounts of effort. Efforts, even small, can make a huge difference and create a better, brighter, and happier future ahead.

Establishing the care needed and finding the right agency to supply quality assistance are two important steps to ensuring there is a high level of care administered in your absence. At David York Agency, we offer a number of home healthcare services. From home health aides to RN’s and LPNs, DYA will provide the level of home healthcare your loved one needs.

For more information about our qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. Our aim is to provide you and your loved one with the assistance you need.

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