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How Using Technology Can Help Reduce Elderly Depression

Using technology has the potential to reduce elderly depression by 20 percent or more. Though some seniors are resistant to technology they may not understand, learning to use technology may help reduce your loved one’s depression. The Summit home care experts at Home Care Assistance want to share some ways technology can help stave off depression and promote emotional wellbeing in the elderly.

New Socialization Opportunities

Using the Internet can help seniors increase brain function, and joining social networking sites has the potential to reduce elderly depression. If your loved one wants to ward off depression, communicating with other people online can prevent him or her from becoming lonely. Even if your loved one is not lonely or depressed, making new friends or staying connected with old ones can keep his or her spirits high and lead to better overall emotional wellbeing.

Increased Self-Esteem

Learning how to use technology can help keep seniors well informed and also increase their self-esteem because they are using their mental abilities. Most seniors are used to doing things on their own such as bathing themselves, cooking their own meals, and running their own errands. However, aging bodies and underlying health issues can slow them down, which often leads to depression. Though Summit caregivers can help your loved one stay positive despite these changes, learning to use technology can help him or her achieve greater self-esteem while receiving care.

Reduced Loneliness

Being away from family members and friends can lead to loneliness amongst seniors. However, Skype is one of many video services your loved one can use to stay in contact and eliminate separation anxiety. Your loved one can talk face-to-face with family and friends using these video services and webcams, which can help him or her stay connected and up to date.

Mental Stimulation

Using the Internet to participate in online games and group activities can help stimulate the mind. Completing games can boost your loved one’s memory, develop sequencing abilities, and increase his or her attention span. Some online games and activities promote exercise and dance, which can release positive endorphins that reduce stress levels and depression.

Seniors who live alone may face more challenges with depression, but choosing Summit part-time care for your loved one can help stave off those feelings. The compassionate caregivers at Home Care Assistance can provide your loved one with companionship to help boost his or her emotional wellbeing and assist with a wide variety of daily tasks such as medication reminders, cooking, cleaning, and transportation. For more information, call one of our Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.