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How Socialization Keeps Caregivers Healthy

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Socialization is just as important for caregivers as it is for seniors. The lack of a strong human bond and friendships can lead to depression and anxiety. The staff at Home Care Assistance lists a few reasons why family caregivers in Henderson should continue socializing while caring for an elderly loved one. 

Reduces Stress

Providing Henderson senior care for your loved one can be a stressful commitment. Your loved one will likely depend on your assistance for many daily tasks, especially if he or she is living with age-related illnesses. The challenges of caregiving may cause you to experience depression and high anxiety. However, staying social and being around others can relieve stress and take your mind off caregiving, even if it is only for a couple of hours. 

Boosts the Immune System 

If you stay inside of the home and only socialize with your loved one, you may be at a higher risk of having a weakened immune system. You may think being around others exposes you to more germs, but social engagement is actually associated with a stronger immune system, which means your body has a better chance of fighting off the flu, colds, and various types of cancer. If you are not healthy, you won’t be able to provide your loved one with the care he or she needs. 

Promotes Better Sleeping Patterns 

Sitting in the home and only interacting with your senior loved one could lead to loneliness, which disrupts sleep. However, by remaining socially active, you reduce the risk of loneliness and sleep fragmentation. By going out with friends and family members your own age, you can have a stronger connection with others and feel safer, leading to better sleeping patterns. Keep in mind human beings rely heavily on social nature. 

Enhances Quality of Life

Set aside time to spend with friends and family who can provide you with the spiritual and emotional support for a longer and healthier life. If you are experiencing caregiver burnout, your family and friends can help you overcome it by getting you out of the house and going to the movies, to a concert, or for a walk in the park, which releases positive endorphins in the body. You need emotional and spiritual support to relax, remain positive, and live a better quality of life.

Socializing regularly can help caregivers recharge and come back to their caregiving duties with renewed zest. If you need support looking after your loved one’s needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide respite and live-in caregivers Henderson families can trust, and we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s care. For more information on our senior care services, please call a Care Manager at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.