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Unlocking Mental Well-being: Harnessing the Power of Companionship

In my late-40’s I purchased my first Comfort Keepers franchise.  Helping care for my parents I was seeing first-hand how difficult it was to both raise my young family and adequately assist my aging parents.  During this time they sold the family home and moved to an over 55 building.  Both of them enjoyed interacting with people more easily and attended many functions, however my Dad did miss his home and shop.  Back then I underestimated the simple power of companionship, whether it was from a friend, family member, or caregiver in improving my parent's outlook and desire to stay healthy.   As we age, the importance of relationships becomes increasingly evident. Building and maintaining meaningful connections with others not only enriches their lives but also plays a crucial role in overall well-being, especially for seniors. During a 10-year journey, after selling their home, they received a lot of support from outside our family from nurses, caregivers, and friends.  

Female therapist assisting senior couple with dumbbells in the medical office

"Combating Social Isolation": One of the most significant challenges faced by many seniors is social isolation. As individuals retire, children move away, and friends pass on, it's easy to feel disconnected from the world around them.  This is exactly what happened to my parents.  Building new relationships, whether through community groups, social clubs, or volunteering opportunities, provides seniors with opportunities for social interaction, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

"Enhancing Mental Health": Strong social connections have been linked to better cognitive function and mental well-being in seniors. Regular social engagement can help keep the mind sharp, stave off cognitive decline, and reduce the risk of conditions like depression and anxiety. Conversations with friends and loved ones stimulate the brain, providing mental exercises that are just as crucial as physical ones for maintaining overall health.  In fact, better mental health can increase the desire to maintain physical activity, better nutrition, and adherence to medical needs.  
"Emotional Support": Life can present numerous challenges, from health issues to the loss of loved ones. Having a support network in place can make all the difference in how seniors navigate these difficulties. Building close relationships with family members, friends, or support groups provides emotional support, encouragement, and a sense of belonging during tough times.  If you are looking for a starting point it might just be the simple question “How are you feeling”.  
"Benefits of Physical Health": Surprisingly, the benefits of building relationships extend beyond the realm of mental and emotional well-being; they can also have a positive impact on physical health. Studies have shown that seniors with strong social ties tend to have lower blood pressure, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and even a boosted immune system. Engaging in activities with others, whether it's walking in the park, attending exercise classes, or simply enjoying a meal together, promotes physical activity and overall health.  We publish a monthly blog, Seniors Out and About in the Twin Cities, on senior activities if you’re looking for things to do!  
"Sense of Purpose and Fulfillment": Building relationships in later life can provide seniors with a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Whether it's mentoring younger generations, volunteering for a cause they're passionate about, or participating in community events, older adults can find joy and satisfaction in making meaningful contributions to society.
"Coping with Loss": Loss is an inevitable part of life, and as we age, we may experience the passing of friends, family members, or spouses. Building strong relationships can help seniors cope with grief and loss by providing a support system for individuals who understand and empathize with their feelings.  Seniors may feel uncomfortable turning to mental health professionals.  Encouraging the use of a therapist or other professional can provide an impactful tool toward better mental health and it may be covered by Medicare.    

I purchased my Comfort Keeper franchises nearly 20 years ago and am now considered a senior myself, I've experienced firsthand the importance of building relationships. I've long believed that the initial step towards any self-improvement begins with a personal desire for change. Maintaining connections with others fosters this desire and enhances one's overall perspective on life and motivation to remain actively involved.  Our caregivers around Anoka, White Bear, Elk River, and Chisago provide great companionship to many seniors who may not have loved ones to do that for them.  


Seniors frequently find themselves in need of support, whether it's practical assistance or simply companionship. So, I encourage you to extend a helping hand to a beloved senior in your life today. By reaching out and nurturing these connections, we not only enrich the lives of others but also cultivate a stronger sense of community and mutual support.




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