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Social interaction is as crucial for seniors as for child development. For seniors, they’ve had a lifetime of regular interactions at their former day jobs that a sudden lack of routine and conversation can be jarring. Therefore, we offer various activities for seniors. For better home health in Palm Beach County, let’s explore why seniors need social outings.

Health Boosts of Interactions

Social isolation has many adverse side effects on people, especially the elderly and the youth. As the knowledge of its benefits have risen, more research and studies have been conducted. Such research has found that social interaction leads to:

  • More fulfilled lives
  • Increased happiness
  • Deteriorating emotional state
  • Decreased mental functionality
  • The onset of Alzheimer’s

A conversation takes effort, which stimulates the brain when you need to listen and reply. This mental exercise keeps your lights on. The subconscious effect that talking has on us provides a sense of safety, belonging, and security.

Side Effects of Isolation

There’s a reason why solitary confinement is feared by the most hardened of criminals. When we are deprived of conversation, our natural feeling is loneliness, whether or not we are consciously aware of it. Social isolation causes:

  • Depression
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Shorter life span
  • Increased stroke risk

Recent findings proclaim that a lack of face to face interaction can raise therisk of dementia by up to 50%. On top of this, health factors can isolate the elderly or make it very hard to fully recover. Recently, COVID-19 has impacted seniors harshly, even impacting those who haven’t gotten sick.

Prolonged isolation for months at a time can be disastrous, and that’s what many seniors are facing with the pandemic raging on for over a year. In 1972, a six-month isolation study found that after five months of zero human interaction, the brain becomes unable to formulate a coherent string of thoughts.

In addition, isolation of this manner often leads to confusion, personality shift, and anxiety. Due to these studies and observing controlled experiments, researchers are currently looking into the effects of long-term solitary confinement on criminals. Preliminary reports show that it increases your likeliness to die by 30%.

While science still hasn’t proven that loneliness leads to mental deterioration, it is easy to come to that conclusion. As a general rule, the more mental stimulation, the better. Therefore, we offer social outing opportunities to encourage the importance of sharing happy moments with others.

For the Best Home Health in Palm Beach County

We are always planning something fun and would love for you to join in on the festivities from now on! If you or a loved one has been feeling down lately or could just use routine outings, contact us to see if we are a good match for you.

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