ElderCare Elves Program
Loneliness can impact aging individuals for various reasons. Living alone, retirement, the loss of previous social ties, and depression all may be linked to feelings of loneliness among older individuals. Perceived loneliness can be very detrimental to health leading to social isolation, decreased sleep quality, impaired cognitive functioning, and an inability to regulate emotions and behaviors.  All of these symptoms are strongly tied to the fact that we, as human beings, rely heavily on social interaction to survive. Engaging with people offers profound benefits emotionally, mentally, and psychologically. Unfortunately, aging individuals may be more likely to experience loneliness and have a more difficult time being able to engage socially.
Believe it or not, the holiday season can contribute to loneliness among aging people. The holidays are a time when society and the media emphasizes the importance of fellowship and family but do not readily acknowledge that some people may have difficulty with social interaction. For instance, an aging person may have a physical or mental disability which prevents them from socializing normally. Aging individuals might also have older children who have families of their own and are no longer able to spend much time with their parent(s). As a result, these individuals may be and feel lonelier than most other people during the holidays.
ElderCare at Home wants to help. We are starting our new program for the holiday season called ElderCare Elves. Our goal is to help aging individuals who are feeling lonely during this time to find a licensed caregiver to keep them company. Caregivers can help with many activities such as:
- Holiday shopping
- Present/gift wrapping
- Assistance with sending gifts
- Assistance with attending holiday services
- Holiday baking/meal reparation
- Light housekeeping
Caregivers through the ElderCare Elves program can be hired by the hour and can assist with all holiday-related activities. The primary purpose of our program is to help spread the holiday spirit to those who might feel particularly lonely during the holiday season. If you would like to find out more or to schedule a free consultation, call ElderCare at (561)-585-0400.
 Cacioppo, John T. and Louise C. Hawkley, “Perceived Social Isolation and Cognition,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13 (10): 447-454.
 Singh, Archana and Nishi Misra, “Loneliness, depression and sociability in old age,” Industrial Psychiatry Journal 18 (1): 51-55.