Having a strong social life is often taken for granted, but as we age, our connections can fade, leading to potential mental and physical problems.

How our sociable relationships can break down as we age

When we are younger, even after retirement, we often take {social interaction} for granted. We don’t think about the friends, co-workers, fellow church members, and mere acquaintances that create a vibrant, active liveliness. For many of us, these connections are like a heartbeat; they are always there, and we barely notice. But what happens when we get older, and our friendly relations start to fade?

As we age, friends inevitably pass away, people move to new areas, and we no longer have co-workers to provide daily conversations. Some people may feel that their spouse is enough communicative connection, but what happens when he or she passes? The loss of a buoyant life can be devastating to elderly and dementia patients.

Why the lack of a social life is a real medical problem

Social interaction is important for all people. We are, after all, expansive beings who thrive on interpersonal contact. Even the most independent and self-reliant person needs human interaction. For dementia patients, cheerful communication is of particular importance. Dementia patients, in some cases, actually withdraw from contact, as communicating becomes challenging and sometimes frustrating. Many dementia patients prefer to be alone and quietly retreat into their world. But contact remains important. Research has found that loneliness is more common in older adults and that social isolation can increase mortality rates.

There is joy in the emotional encounter with others. However, there are worries about the loss of independence and concerns for their well-being. Many elderly and especially dementia patients notice that things are changing, their companionable life is not what it once was. These circumstances can lead to loneliness, depression, and, over time, the loss of body function and strength. For these reasons and more, it’s important to maintain a consistent spirited life among elderly and dementia patients.

Finding quality connections through a professional care team

There are many steps that you can take to enhance the quality of life for a senior citizen or dementia patient. One of the most important measures you can take is to work with a senior care team to assist with various aspects of caregiving. We all want to be there for our parents and grandparents, but you may not have the time or resources to provide quality interactions on a regular basis.

For this reason, working with a professional care team is a wise decision. Vitae Care can help with many different services, such as transportation and companionship to community events. This can include bridge parties, friends’ birthdays, church services, visits to the cemetery, or trips to visit neighbors. We can talk about news on TV or give reminders to call friends and, if needed, set up the call. We’ll even view old photographs and talk about old times, respectfully find out what the person did for work and what hobbies they enjoyed. Essentially, we’ll be a good listener or just simply tell a story out of our own lives. A senior-care service like Vitae Care can provide sociable vibrancy, as well as home care services such as transportation, errands, and meal preparation.

Contact Vitae Care today to learn more about our companionship services, which includes life-enrichment activities, reading assistance, hobby support, and (perhaps most important) friendly conversation.