Keep Loneliness at Bay
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Synergy HomeCare in Yuma, we feel that our services are about more than just making sure that our patient’s homes are clean, that they are taking the appropriate medication, or that they are able to stay in their own home. Our services are about giving people the freedom of living in their own homes and maintaining a lifestyle that is acceptable to them. While it is unfortunate, we come across many patients who feel lonely. Spending days or weeks at home by themselves can start to have a serious impact on the mental health of our patients which is why we do our best to make sure that our patients are not only taken care of physically but that they are also provided with a social outlet to stave off feelings of loneliness. In today’s post, we are going to pick up where we left off last time and continue to cover some of the negative impacts that being lonely can have on a person’s overall well being. If you haven’t read our previous post, we suggest you do so now, however, if you prefer to start in the middle, continue reading below.
Loneliness can Affect the Brain in the Same Way as Physical Pain
Multiple studies have shown that loneliness is one of the major causes of mental diseases in people. The sense of isolation that accompanies loneliness can have a similar effect on the brain that is observed when a person experiences physical pain. The brains of people who feel particularly lonely register these feelings the same way as they would register feelings of pain and, in many cases, the level of cortisol in the brain, the main hormone associated with stress, can rise to abnormally high levels. The sense of belonging to a group and feeling as though you have someone out there who cares for you is important not only for companionship, but for survival as well.
Loneliness Increases the Risk of Heart Disease
That’s right, not only can loneliness exacerbate mental issues in individuals, it can also increase the risk of heart disease among elderly patients. Studies have shown that the genes of people who feel chronically lonely experience overexpression which can lead to long-term inflammation and damage to the blood vessels and tissues of the heart. This leads to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. While it is true that inflammation is an essential process of the human body to help fight off infection, prolonged periods of inflammation are never a good thing.
We hope that this short blog series has shown just how detrimental feelings of loneliness can be, especially for seniors. Luckily, through the use of our homecare services, we are able to not only make sure that your senior loved one is able to maintain their standard of living in their own home but are also able to interact with people on a regular basis, preventing many of the effects that being lonely can have on a person. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact us today or visit our website.