End Isolation And Boost Brain Health With Michigan Senior Care Services
Michigan studies show that long bouts of loneliness and social isolation can accelerate memory loss in old age, but our senior care services make it easy to eliminate these risks for your loved ones.
Read on to review the research and learn how we’re working to end isolation in Clinton Township, or call (586)-690-7500 to schedule a senior care consultation straight away.
Michigan Study Links Loneliness To Memory Loss In Old Age
As a result of pandemic safety protocols, the past two years saw thousands of seniors experience heightened levels of social isolation, and this has led to a surge of new studies on its effects on mental health and successful senior care outcomes.
One such study, led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers, sought to measure the long-term effects of “cumulative loneliness” on healthy aging. To that end, they analyzed interview data from more than 9000 adults over age 50 from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study from 1996 to 2016, comparing participants’ cumulative durations of loneliness in relation to changes in memory function over the following 12 years.
There were two main findings for this study:
- First, long bouts of loneliness may cause memory decline in old age—experiencing a greater duration of loneliness over an 8-year period was associated with a more rapid decline in memory function as one aged in the subsequent 12-year period.
- Second, the longer the bout of loneliness, the greater the risk of rapid memory decline—adults aged 65 and older who experienced longer durations of loneliness (i.e. more than 8 years of social isolation) had especially fast rates of memory decline as they aged.
Clearly, it is in our loved ones’ best interest to minimize social isolation and keep bouts of loneliness as short as possible. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for Clinton Township’s informal senior care providers, many of whom are already spread thin between full-time work and child care commitments. But our senior care services are here to help.
Read on to learn a few of the ways we’re working to end isolation and boost brain health for seniors aging in place in Clinton Township, MI, or call (586)-690-7500 to schedule a service care consultation now.
End Isolation And Boost Brain Health With Senior Care Services
With our senior care services there to support your loved one, you’ll never have to worry about the risks of social isolation again. Our companionship caregivers are always available to provide meaningful conversation and social connections, whether your loved one prefers to relax at home or get out and about, exploring local events and senior care programming. We also provide full assistance with hosting and visits to see friends and family, and our senior care services make family visits better by allowing your loved ones to focus entirely on memory-making, while we focus on support.
Best of all, our senior care companionship services are available whenever and wherever they’re needed, with no long term contracts or 4-hour minimums required.
But that’s not all—beyond eliminating the risks of social isolation, our senior care services are also designed to optimize your loved one’s cognitive health and memory by:
- Preparing fresh, healthy, brain-boosting foods according to your loved one’s preferences
- Creating more opportunities for safe, brain-boosting exercise
- Ensuring proper medication management to prevent any unsafe interactions
- Bringing brain games and puzzles to keep your loved one sharp and engaged, and more
Book A Free Senior Care Service Consultation In Clinton Township, MI
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Cook, D. (2022, August 3). Cumulative loneliness associated with accelerated memory aging in older adults. University of Michigan.