In the bay area, many of the seniors in care homes, in their own homes and nursing homes are not often visited by their family members. To be at their homes alone without any social support or assistance in daily living from a caregiver or other members of the community is worse. In care homes or nursing homes, they are fed and assisted in daily living.

You can see the anticipation and smile in their faces when told that their family members are going to visit them. Social support, loving and caring circle of family, friends and community can be a potent medicine for those who are diagnosed with cancer according to many clinical studies.
Alzheimer’s disease was link to the absence of social interaction or the lifestyle of isolation from others. The brain becomes more rigid and creating more tangles (memory disconnect) with less activity derived from social interaction, reading, memory related tasks and meeting new faces and living with family members or support groups/caregivers.

Genes carrying Alzheimer’s disease are expressed when in an environment that is toxic (stress, inflammation, lack of social support/care, metals toxins, acidic body, hormonal imbalance, diseased cellular structure, lacking in essential nutrients).

Social isolation is associated with a higher risk of death in older people regardless of whether they consider themselves lonely, research suggests.
A study of 6,500 UK men and women aged over 52 found that being isolated from family and friends was linked with a 26% higher death risk over seven years. Whether or not participants felt lonely did not alter the impact of social isolation on health

Prepared by Connie Dello Buono, San Jose California, for Motherhealth Inc, caregiving for homebound bayarea seniors 408-854-1883
Part of soon to be published ebook on Senior care and Women vs Men’s health and healing