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Is Socialization the Best Solution to Living Longer?

How social are your parents? Many studies find that socialization is one of the keys to a long life. The National Institute of Health went into the reasoning behind these studies. People with strong social relationships had lower levels of interleukin-6. Interleukin-6 is linked to inflammation in many health disorders like arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Senior Care in Novato CA: Staying Social

Senior Care in Novato CA: Staying Social

Other studies have found that seniors who admit they are lonely often have high blood pressure. Depression is another issue in those who do not have many friends or family members around. To live longer, it seems that having a strong social circle is vital.

Isolation Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely.

In rural communities, your mom or dad may have a harder time finding people nearby. Sometimes, downsizing to a new neighborhood that’s closer to others and social activities is beneficial. It doesn’t have to be the only solution.

Look at nearby churches, senior centers, and public libraries for programs that help keep seniors active. Your parent may find there is a reading group of interest or a crafting club filled with people the same age.

Walking in a local park gives your parents the chance to socialize with others. If they have a pet, they’ll find it’s easy to connect with other pet owners in a dog park or on nature trails. They can keep the dog on a leash if they’re uncertain how the dog will react to another dog. Walking dogs together is a good way to get your parents to socialize and to help their dog socialize, too.

Visit as Often as Possible.

Your visits provide your parents with socialization. Visit as often as you can, but don’t feel obligated to stop by every few days or once a week. You can’t ignore your own life and household demands to make sure your parents have the chance to socialize.

Other people can visit, too. Your cousins, aunts and uncles, and close friends can help you make sure your parents have guests popping by. They don’t have to stay long, but the more people who come and go, the happier your parents will be.

Make Sure Your Parent Has Access to Social Situations.

Not every senior struggles with isolation and loneliness. Make sure your parents are social. If they have no friends in the area, you can use senior care services for companionship. Caregivers can join your parents for meals, games, movies, and more. They can drive your parents to senior centers.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Novato, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Sources:

https://www.nia.nih.gov/about/living-long-well-21st-century-strategic-directions-research-aging/research-suggests-positive

 

 

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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