As Valentine’s Day approaches I think about what the day means to the many Seniors I interact with throughout the year. To some, the day is a celebration of many years of marriage to the love of their life. To others, they reflect on the love they had with their deceased loved ones, while others share the love they have with family members or others. Many may just treat the day just like any other day without much thought while believing it is an overrated holiday to sell love, cards, flowers, and candy.
I think companionship is a big part of Valentine’s Day. Imagine a world without any companions … it would be reasonably lonely, right? In a recent article, I read that the sad truth is, seniors are more prone to feeling lonely than any other age group. I believe this is why the Senior Center is so important to those who come to use the services of the Center. Individuals enjoy being around others who have common interests, enjoy the same activities, or just need to know they are not alone.
So, what is companionship?
Companionship probably means something different from everyone. It involves more than just somebody being there; it’s about wanting that person there, enjoying their company and developing a relationship that comes naturally to you.
Companionship is extremely important for both your mental and physical wellbeing. Having good company around should make you feel relaxed, comfortable and keep your mind positively engaged. Other mental
benefits of companionship are to:
- Prevent loneliness;
- Avoid social isolation
- Maintain social skills
- Increase a sense of purpose;
- Encourage healthy mental stimulation;
- Stimulate positive thoughts and interactions;
- Engage in memory exercises such as reminiscing.
Some of the physical benefits of companionship are to:
- Participate in enjoyable physical activities together such as a walk in the park;
- Identify unhealthy habits;
- Assist with appointments or prescription collection;
- Encourage you to get out of the house;
- Support you in achieving your goals.
Now that we have established the importance of companionship and why finding the right companion matters, what can be done about it? If you or a loved one could benefit from a companion, a little help from a friend, maybe you need to encourage social interactions & enjoyable activities at the Twin Falls Senior Center to promote healthy mental and physical health.
Discover the benefits of social interaction, activities, & services of the Twin Falls Senior Center. New friends and companionships are waiting for you to act!