Loneliness can Lead to Dementia: Tips to Reduce this Risk
Posted by Mike McQuinn on January 15, 2014 | no comments
Those people who feel lonely have a higher risk of developing dementia, than those who have a more active lifestyle. A Dutch study that appears in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has found that those who suffer from loneliness are 64% more likely to develop dementia later in life. In this case, loneliness depends on having those feelings of depression and not just that they live alone or are not very social.
It is important to make sure you try and avoid this at all costs. Many people who feel lonely or depressed benefit from an increase in the amount of activities and other social interaction they perform on a daily basis. Below I have added a few tips that may help reduce your risk of dementia due to loneliness.
Get a Pet
A pet is a great way to bring a sense of joy and compassion to your life. A playful dog or an affectionate cat will love you unconditionally and make you feel less lonely when you are at home. Make sure you are able to take care of a pet before you purchase one. In addition, take your time picking the perfect pet for your fragile needs.
Volunteering can provide you with a sense of purpose, which will help keep a healthier lifestyle. It will also increase the level of physical, mental and social activity that you will involve yourself in. Think of some things that you would like to do and go out and see if you can find any volunteer opportunities that are perfect for you.
Hire In-home Companion
An in-home companion can increase the level of interaction you have in a day, which is vital in retaining cognitive abilities. These in-home companions can help you plan activities, offer conversation, provide mental stimulation and much more. In addition to in-home care, you can also move into an assisted living facility. The benefit of this is that you will meet many new friends and they have planned activities for you that you can participate in.
Connect with Social Media
Sign up for social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. This will allow you to meet new people and interact with your friends online. The great thing about this interaction is that you will be able to do this in the comfort of your own home. This will keep your brain active and help you feel less lonely.
Sign Up for Community Events
Every town has either a senior or community center. Find the one nearest you and you can sign up for different programs and activities that are of interest of you. There may also be classes that are foreign to you, but sign up anyways. Learning new skills is great for mental stimulation and will allow you to meet others socially.
Remember that staying active, socially and mentally, is important in reducing the risk dementia as you age. If you are looking for more tips on how to stay active or looking for a new place to live, call The Manor on Marston Lake at 303.932.9808 today!