Laid Back Personalities and Dementia

by Lois Etienne on November 9, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

A recent study found that people who were socially isolated or inactive but relaxed had a 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared with people who were isolated and prone to distress. The dementia risk was also 50 percent lower for people who were outgoing and relaxed compared with those who were outgoing but prone to distress.

The good news is, lifestyle factors can be modified as opposed to genetic factors which cannot be controlled. It stands to reason that seniors can reduce their risk by guarding against isolation and making companionship a priority. If you are a family caregiver to an older loved one, do everything you can to ensure that your senior is able to get out and enjoy the company of people of all ages. If your senior is homebound then consider hiring a companionship service such as Home Instead Senior CareĀ®.

A Home Instead CAREGiverSM can help older adults by providing companionship from a few hours up to 24 hours a day, on weekends and even holidays. CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and many are seniors themselves.

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