Being social creatures, people need others to survive and thrive in life. This is why social isolation makes us vulnerable emotionally, mentally, and even physically. As a provider of companionship in California, we acknowledge that living alone can make our older adults more prone to health risks.
Studies backed by the National Institute on Aging found out that social isolation and loneliness are linked to a higher risk of some physical and mental conditions. Older adults who live alone and feel isolated and lonely are at risk of developing physical illnesses such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Weakened immune system
- Other chronic diseases
They are also at higher risk of having cognitive and mental health problems such as:
- Cognitive decline
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Other types of dementia
According to one of the researchers, Dr. Steve Cole, loneliness affects one’s health because it acts as a fertilizer for other diseases. As an effect, it can advance the buildup of plaque in arteries, aids in making cancer cells grow and spread, and help inflammation in the brain leading to Alzheimer’s disease. Loneliness can make you physically frail and needing in-home assistance.
To ease our seniors’ loneliness and to lower their risks of contracting other health complications, our services in our home care in Los Angeles, California can help. We have companionship services that will provide daily company and assistance for your elderly loved ones. At Absolutely in Homecare Services, we aim to provide quality services that will promote our seniors’ physical, emotional, and cognitive health.