As Seniors Age, Friendships are Critical to Good Mental Health

Apr 25th, 2012

Category: Blog

As Seniors Age, Friendships are Critical to Good Mental Health

study by University of Michigan researchers found that nearly 60 percent of seniors ages 70-plus experience some form of loneliness, and it’s affecting their mental health and well being. According to the study, about 22 percent of those surveyed were emotionally lonely, missing close companionship, and about 16 percent were socially lonely, feeling like they didn’t really have anyone to talk to in times of need. A full 19 percent felt completely isolated.

Many of these seniors have family in their lives, but the study showed that it was friends, not family members, who cured the loneliness and provided the type of interaction that made seniors feel emotionally healthy and independent.

ASSI’s True Freedom Membership Plans are designed to address this fundamental need for companionship. Every ASSI plan includes hours for home care services like personal assistance with bathing, meal preparation, and medication reminders. But, every plan also includes hours dedicated to companion services like reading the newspaper together, playing board games, or just discussing the day’s events.

Our caregivers work hard to create a true, personal bond with the seniors in their care. It’s our goal to fight loneliness and create an emotionally healthy and secure environment in the senior’s home.

If you know a senior who could benefit from ASSI’s home care and adult daycare / companion services, Contact Us today to learn more