For families and caregivers, the decision to bring an Activity Companion to meet with their loved ones for the first time can be a difficult decision.
Who would benefit from an Activity Companion? People living with a socially isolating condition, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, other disabilities (including children and young adults), or a home-bound elderly senior.
Here at Mon Ami, we strongly believe Activity Companions can bring positive enrichment to your loved ones’ lives. Our Mon Ami Families that have booked our Activity Companions have shared with us numerous positive experiences. See other posts in our Stories section to read about them.
We highlight what we believe are the top 3 benefits an Activity Companion can bring:
There is vast research and studies behind the risks of social isolation and loneliness for the elderly (see end of this blog post)
New studies show quality of life can dramatically improve with social interaction for those suffering from dementia
Activity Companions are the perfect way to bring engagement and socialization because they are there for just one purpose: to spend time with your love ones
Many studies show the importance of keeping the brain and senses stimulated at an older age
Cognitive exercises (brain stimulation) can help improve working memory and executive functioning
New experiences, such as exercise or listening to music, can also create sensations in the brain
Activity Companions can play puzzles, word games, work on art, etc. with your loved ones, providing brain mental stimulation
JOY AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Research shows a happier life can outweigh “good genes” to help us live longer
Bringing in emotional support from the outside can provide some respite to families and caregivers
Activity Companions provide the opportunity to bring in joy, fun and happiness to an aging loved one
For further reading on published research and studies, visit the following:
NY Times (December 2017) - The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health
NPR (July 2017) - Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia
A Place for Mom (May 2017) - 20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You
Harvard Gazette (April 2017) - Good genes are nice, but joy is better
McMaster Optimal Aging (April 2016) - Loneliness and social isolation are important health risks in the elderly