Reduce Senior Stress and Boost Cognitive Function with Home Care Assistance


Reduce Senior Stress and Boost Cognitive Function with Home Care Assistance

Getting older doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for you or your aging parents.

Today’s post is all about how Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee’s home care assistance plans can reduce senior stress levels in ways that boost cognitive function and protect memory.

Understanding the Risks of Senior Stress

 There is a tremendous body of research linking senior stress to a whole host of health problems, including:

  • Immune system dysfunction (Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 1996)
  • Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety (Checklet, 1996)
  • Health problems such as flu, sore threat, headaches, and backaches (DeLongis et al., 1988)
  • Mortality rates (Kopp & Rethelyi, 2004)

And that’s not all–new research is showing that chronic senior stress can also lower cognitive function. According to a recent study by Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chair of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, “perceived stress increases the likelihood that an older person will develop amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).” aMCIs are primarily characterized by memory loss.

Simply put, senior stress puts your aging parents’ memory at risk.

But don’t worry–all hope is not lost:

“Fortunately, perceived stress is a modifiable risk factor for cognitive impairment,” writes Lipton. Thus, when it comes to protecting your loved one’s memory and cognitive function as they age, stress-busting interventions are more valuable than ever.

Reducing Senior Stress With Home Care Assistance

ABC Greater Milwaukee’s home care assistance plans are designed specifically to reduce senior stress while increasing their safety, comfort, and quality of life. In this way, home care assistance can actually boost your aging parents’ cognitive function.

For example, our home care assistance team offers help with:

  • Personal care (grooming, toileting, bathing, etc)
  • Morning wake-up
  • Shopping and errands
  • Cooking, meal monitoring, and clean-up
  • Dementia care
  • Writing letters and correspondence
  • Cleaning and organization
  • Light home maintenance
  • Hosting social events
  • Companionship
  • Maintaining calendars and planning or scheduling events
  • Caring for houseplants and pets
  • Overseeing home deliveries

Our programs are 100% customizable, so even if your parents’ needs aren’t reflected in this brief list, you can rest assured that our home care assistance can provide the help you need. Whatever it is that’s creating stress in your loved one’s life, leave it to us!

In addition to these stress-busting services, our home care assistance staff can also incorporate activities specifically designed to boost cognitive function. For instance, our Companionship caregivers offer brain games, stimulating conversation, memory exploration, and can even escort your loved one to engaging social events.

Learn More About Home Care Assistance in Brookfield, Wisconsin

Fill out the short contact form on our website or call 262-721-0765 to book a consultation to discuss your unique home care assistance needs. There is never any obligation, and the care consultation is 100% free of charge.

References

Checkley, S. (1996). The neuroendocrinology of depression and chronic stress. British Medical Bulletin, 52(3), 597-617.

DeLongis, A., Folkman, S., & Lazarus, R. S. (1988). The impact of daily stress on health and mood: psychological and social resources as mediators. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54(3), 486.

Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Glaser, R., Gravenstein, S., Malarkey, W. B., & Sheridan, J. (1996). Chronic stress alters the immune response to influenza virus vaccine in older adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 93(7), 3043-3047.

Kopp, M. S., & Réthelyi, J. (2004). Where psychology meets physiology: chronic stress and premature mortality—the Central-Eastern European health paradox. Brain Research Bulletin, 62(5), 351-367.

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