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FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome to the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

01/04/2021 – Devonta Johnson

01/19/2021 – Ronda Custer

Happy February Birthday Wishes:
02/01 – Angela Horner
02/07 – Lynn Givan
02/10 – Maureen Jonas
02/13 – Kelly Kroll

If you are considering home care in Kalamazoo, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!

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FRESH PERSPECTIVE TEAM UPDATE

Congratulations to our newest Caregivers. Welcome the Fresh Perspective Home Care Team!

12/15/2020 – Lauren Voight
12/28/2020 – Kameisha Nash
12/29/2020 – Marla Allridge
12/29/2020 – Linda Tarleton

Happy January Birthday Wishes:
01/04 – Celeste Warren
01/28 – Lauren Voight

A big THANK YOU to our Team Members celebrating January Anniversaries!
9 years – Kelly Kroll
4 years – Hope Partanen
3 years – Angela Honer
2 years – James Hill
1 year – Lynn Givan

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MONTHLY HIGH FIVE!

Congratulations to Latashia May! Our January High Five Award Recipient!

Latashia joined the Fresh Perspective Home Care family 8 months ago and consistently shows a great level of compassion for helping others. She is a person who will identify a challenge and work on finding a way to help. An extraordinary example occurred in December. Latashia was aware of several families in our community that continued to struggle through the pandemic and led Fresh Perspective to organize its 1st annual food drive. Her planning, organization and leadership provided more than a dozen needy families in our community with food and household supplies. We look forward to growing this event with her in the years to come!

Latashia also brought a family especially hard hit by the pandemic and personal struggles to our attention. Because of her community involvement, Fresh Perspective was able to adopted this family and provided enough resources to ensure they had the happiest and healthiest holiday possible!

Thank you Latashia her for all you do at Fresh Perspective Home Care and within our community. You truly make a difference in the lives of others and are an outstanding example for us all!

We are also grateful for all of our team members who donated their time and resources to make the lives of these families a little bit brighter during the holidays! Thank you everyone!

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Elder Care in Galesburg MI Loneliness and Seniors

Help Your Senior Fight Loneliness

Research on seniors shows that loneliness can lead to serious physical problems that shorten life. According to the National Academies of Sciences, a quarter of all people over 65 in the United States are socially isolated.

The same study found an astonishing relationship between social isolation among the elderly and early death. Among older people with heart conditions, loneliness makes them four times more likely to die.

Loneliness also triggers increases in eating, smoking, and drinking. As a consequence, isolated seniors are more likely to suffer from obesity, lung disease, and liver disease.

Isolated seniors even have a much higher risk of developing dementia, stroke, or heart disease. One is tempted to conclude that loneliness is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, danger facing the elderly today.

Causes of Isolation

Seniors often find themselves living alone because a spouse has died. Similarly, beloved siblings and friends may also have passed on, leaving a senior without the strong social network he had when younger.

And making new friends can be harder than before if a senior has physical disabilities that make it harder to leave the house.

Typically, the children of a man or woman over 65 are grown and have families of their own to manage. These adult children may care deeply about their elder parents, but find it difficult to fit a visit to parents into a day that’s full of work and raising children.

Encourage Virtual Social Engagement

One of the best things adult children of seniors can do is to encourage parents or grandparents to engage in enjoyable social activities. Because of the high risk of death from coronavirus, seniors currently need to engage in social activities that keep them safe.

Many clubs and charitable organizations hold online meetings. A home care professional can help your senior navigate the technology needed to participate in these meetings. Zoom and skype sessions also make it easier for seniors to stay engaged with loved ones without risking infection. There are also many online classes available to seniors. Ask your home care professional about interactive online classes that your senior could join.

Professional Elderly Home Care can Fill the Gap

One of the most valuable services that home care professionals provide is companionship. Elder care specialists are well trained to socialize with older clients of all walks of life.

Sometimes, just a few hours a week of elder care can substantially relieve the pain of loneliness and the health risks that come from isolation. And, while providing companionship, your home care worker will also check on the health and safety of your senior and do home maintenance tasks like emptying the dishwasher and changing a lightbulb.

If your senior is too proud to have paid companionship, you can always frame home care as a matter of helping with daily chores. The conversations will still happen, and your senior will feel more connected.

In conclusion, the risk of loneliness to seniors is greater than we imagined. But there are many solutions. Children and grandchildren have multiple options for keeping their beloved elders socially engaged.

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/loneliness-in-older-people/
https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks

If you are considering elder care in Galesburg, MI, for an aging loved one, please call the caring staff at Fresh Perspective Home Care at (269) 329-4717. We are here to help!