Age-related declines in memory and cognition are often blamed on physical illnesses and disease processes, but did you know that depression is also a major cause of such declines? Sure, we all slow down as we grow older, but we need to keep our elders engaged in activities that help them maintain mobility and keep them engaged and interested in life. Depression is a treatable illness. Social isolation and loneliness are risk factors for depression and suicide. The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2002) has repeatedly advised health care industry caregivers that the generation of baby boomers is at increased risk for depression and boredom. The June 19, 2003, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine released results of a five-year study that found seniors who regularly joined in mentally stimulating activities enjoyed a reduced risk of dementia.
Providing seniors with enriching activities provides many mental health benefits, including lifting a person’s mood and increasing a sense of self-reliance and purpose. At Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh we make this a part of each client’s care plan and match them with the perfect caregiver. We take them shopping, play cards, go for walks or exercise classes, take them to local events, crafting together, whatever activity brings them joy. If you have a senior who can benefit from a helping hand and a friendly smile contact Seniors Helping Seniors of North & East Raleigh at seniorcareeastraleigh.com or call 919-761-5346.