Anxiety, depression, and changes in cognitive function are some of the neurological conditions that affect our aging population in times of isolation. Feeling alone and being isolated from our loved ones has been a struggle over the last six months for everyone due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. What is the medical constant exhibited in these symptoms? Mental Health.
The mental health of aging loved ones is a topic many isolated individuals are reluctant to discuss with family members for fear of losing their independence. At Family Caregivers, we believe that healthy cognitive function and mental health truly matter to have a sustaining quality of life.
Activities during times of isolation to support mental well-being:
- Limit the amount of time watching fearful images in the news, stick to simple facts, listen to the health experts.
- Listen to music instead of TV.
- Perform physical and mental exercise like yoga, tai chi, crossword brainteasers, jigsaw puzzles.
- Do relaxation exercises, stretching and mindfulness activities.
How families can help keep aging loved ones engaged:
- Seeing a loved one helps alleviate loneliness, use technology of smart phones or computers for daily interaction.
- Having a COVID screened caregiver a few days a week can help fill the gap in socialization.
Seeking social support often and early has been statistically shown to have a
positive influence on the mental well-being of aging loved ones.
If you are concerned about the mental health and well-being of yourself or your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support. 215 – 541 – 9030