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Did You Know Senior Care Can Help Ease Loneliness and Isolation?

Senior Care in Las Vegas NV
Senior Care in Las Vegas NV

Approximately one out of every three Americans aged 45 or older feel lonely. It gets worse. One out of four Americans aged 65 or older is socially isolated due to retirement, friends or family moving away, chronic health conditions, or hearing loss.

Loneliness and isolation are concerning at any age. If your mom and dad are lonely or isolated, it can impact their mental and physical health. Learn more about the risks of regular isolation and loneliness.

What the Studies Show

Several studies have linked social isolation and loneliness to a higher risk of chronic health conditions. One study found that people with limited social interactions had a 32 percent higher risk of stroke and 29 percent higher risk of heart disease. People with heart failure who were socially isolated had a higher risk of hospitalization or death.

Similar studies have shown that people who are lonely and isolated have a higher risk of developing dementia. That risk is almost 50 percent higher.

Tips for Engaging Socially

When you are lonely and isolated, it can be hard to find ways to become more social. After retirement, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of seeing friends. You don’t have to leave home. Plus, people move on to new states for better weather or a lower cost of living. Your parents have a smaller social circle for that reason.

You need them to become more engaged, but how do you make it happen? Start by getting them to find things that interest them. Your mom loves swimming. Look at local pools and see if any offer water aerobics classes. She would do something fun and meet others with similar interests at the same time.

Volunteering is another way for your parents to make new friends and become social. Your dad enjoys reading, so see how he feels about volunteering at his local library. Your mom enjoys flowers. She could volunteer to deliver flower arrangements to patient rooms at the hospital. A senior care provider can accompany your senior to volunteer assignments or simply offer transportation to and from them.

Maybe your parents would do well at the local community center. If they attend various social events, they’d be around others their age doing fun things like going to a local restaurant, taking a fitness class, or learning how to cook. Luncheons, dances, and movie nights are other popular activities at community centers.

Have Companions Come to Them

As soon as you suspect your parents feel lonely or isolated, it’s time to talk about senior care services. Caregivers can stop by to play games, socialize, or watch a movie with them. Arrange senior care as often as your parents would like to have someone visiting.


If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Las Vegas, NV, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Have You Cleaned These Germy Areas of Your Mom’s Home?

Senior Care in Las Vegas NV

When you think about germy areas in your mom’s home, you probably focus on the toilet, sink handles, light switches, remotes, and phones. There are germ-covered areas that people often overlook. Are you missing these critical areas when you clean your mom’s home?

Appliance Controls

Appliance controls like microwave buttons, stove knobs and control pads, and coffeemaker controls don’t get cleaned enough. You should be wiping them down each day. Clean appliance handles at the same time. Wipe down the refrigerator door and oven door handles.

The coffeemaker also needs to have its lines and reservoir washed out each week or two. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do this.

Pour four cups of white vinegar into the reservoir and let it sit for an hour. Top it up with water and run a complete coffee cycle. Rinse out the reservoir and refill it with clean water. Run a second coffee cycle. You may need to repeat that to get rid of the vinegar smell.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards should be a hard surface to keep scratches away. Once a wood cutting board is scratched, bacteria can hide. Scrub them with salt and lemon to help kill germs.

If you get a glass or stone cutting board, you can place them in the dishwasher or soak them in a mix of water and bleach to kill bacteria. Ideally, get three cutting boards and use one for vegetables and fruits, one for meats, and one for cheeses.

Pet Toys, Dishes, and Bedding

Pet toys are exposed to saliva. That saliva is filled with bacteria. Toys and bedding also get covered in pet dander, yeast and mold, and coliform bacteria. Ideally, look for pet beds that you can wash and dry. Pet toys need to be cleaned and dried at least once a week or washed in hot soap and water if they’re not machine washable.

Each day, your mom’s pets need to have their water and food dishes washed out. Put them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand after soaking them in a mix of bleach and water for 30 minutes. If they don’t eat their canned food, don’t leave it sitting in the bowl overnight. They always need to start the day with clean bowls.

Hire senior care aides to help keep your mom’s house clean and sterile. With the help of professional caregivers, your mom’s house is rid of most germs, which allows her to stay healthy. Call a senior care agency to learn more about housekeeping and laundry services that help with disinfection within the home.

If you or an aging loved on is considering senior care in Las Vegas, NV, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.