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Dangers of Loneliness and Advantages of Companion Care

A new study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry links feeling lonely with an increased risk of clinical dementia in later life and can be considered a major risk factor that, independently of vascular disease, depression and other confounding factors, deserves clinical attention. This is not to be confused with being alone as that is a physical state where as feeling lonely is more a state of mind.

The researchers found that people who feel lonely are significantly more likely to develop clinical dementia over a period of 3 years compared with those who do not feel lonely.

It isn't just the risk of dementia that feelings of loneliness effect. Loneliness is a ‘hidden killer', increasing the risks of death in elderly people by 10 per cent, according to research into the physical impact of isolation in old age. The risks of heart disease and blood clots increased as those who are lonely adopt a more sedentary lifestyle, exercise less and drink more.

Those who live alone suffer far more from a range of debilitating diseases, including arthritis, osteoporosis and glaucoma; 50.7 per cent have arthritis and rheumatism compared with 38 per cent of those who live with others.

The impact of loneliness on mental health is well known but details of the impact on physical health are relatively new.

Never underestimate the healing power of companionship. Daily companionship can help the emotional and psychological rifts that develop when a patient is in need of additional care to remain independent. Companion care is indispensable for elevating the quality of life of the senior or other care recipient.

BrightStar is your solution for personalized companion care, non-medical personal care and skilled medical assistance in the comfort of your home. BrightStar knows the value and importance of compassion, dignity, and respect for all of our clients and their families across all stages of life. Whether you are a new parent and in need of a little extra help around the house or concerned about a parent, grandparent, or loved one who is no longer able to properly care for themselves, BrightStar companion care services can provide the in-home care you're looking for.

BrightStar offers in-home care services for the elderly with compassionate senior care services that enable your loved ones to live independently in the comfort of their own home. We provide quality non-medical and skilled medical care that enables seniors to live happier and healthier lives at home.

Our elder care services are distinguished by the calibre of our in home caregivers and our dedicated staff. We can provide care for an hour, a day or, you can leverage our expertise in live-In care. We provide in-home care for seniors and respite care to enable clients to live happy, healthy lives at home.

About the Author:
BrightStar Care consists of 150+ franchises that provide homecare to anyone who needs it, from children to seniors, and medical staffing solutions to individuals, families and organizations nationwide.

Senior home care simply means the ability of seniors to stay in their own homes safely regardless of age or physical ability. Senior home care has certain tangible and intangible benefits. Today both medical care and non-medical care can be delivered at home with proper planning.
Lisa Smith
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