It has been a long day at work, you’re feeling exhausted, and you’re in need of a pick-me-up. You open the door, and you’re greeted with a happy, tail wagging adorable furry friend that is full of excitement at your presence alone! The unconditional love that we feel for our furry friends can be very beneficial to our emotional well-being. The advantages of having a pet can be even more significant when providing animals to seniors in assisted living. Here are a few benefits to consider when bringing a furry companion into the life of your loved one:
Staying positive in a caregiving environment does not always come easy. When you are taking care of an older loved one, there is a lot of pressure that comes along with helping an adult. If your older loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be incredibly frustrating at times. When you let these emotions take over, it can lead to caregiver burnout. If you emit negativity, it can also affect the people around you. If someone you care for is not at 100% health, responding in a mean or negative way can have serious implications. Luckily, there are various ways to combat your nerves and keep your emotions in check.
Having your parent or loved one actively using social media will benefit their lives in more ways than one. While they may be intimidated at first and assume it is a tool only for ‘the young people’, it will help them feel connected and engaged with others around them. We encourage all adults to use social media and believe it’s a great tool to help contribute to a person’s social wellness, especially for people with mobility or health issues. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons your parent should be active on social media.
Our brains are wired to enjoy social interactions. When we cooperate with each other the activity in our mind’s primary reward center increases. This is true no matter what our age. However, as we age we tend to face more obstacles in terms of our ability to engage in meaningful social interactions. For the sake of the well-being of the seniors in our lives, we need to realize that only by being together can we overcome social isolation.
It is not uncommon for seniors to feel chronically lonely. In fact, loneliness affects around 1 in 5 seniors nationally. It is, unfortunately, a devastating complication of aging that can often lead to larger problems like increased disabilities, cognitive decline, and even early death. The great news is it is completely preventable as long as it is recognized and addressed promptly.