WHAT IS COUPLED CAREGIVING?
The core of our caregiving approach stems from our philosophy of Coupled Caregiving. Research strongly indicates the importance of routine physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social interaction for seniors. We at Axis Homecare incorporate these three areas to create the culture of our caregiving. Whether it’s listening to music or participating in activities, this approach can enhance your loved one’s quality of life at home. Coupled Caregiving helps to promote a happier and healthier lifestyle, while living independently longer.
LET’S STAY ACTIVE!
A consistent, physical routine can be calming to an elder. Planned, scheduled activities provide structure and a sense of usefulness. According to the American Heart Association, “Older adults and people with disabilities can gain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical activity, preferably daily. Physical activity doesn’t need to be strenuous to bring health benefits. What’s important is to include physical activity as part of a regular routine”.
According to the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, Eric Larson of Group Health states, “Older people who exercise three or more times a week had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Even light activity, such as walking, seemed to help.”
MIND OVER MATTER
Stimulating the brain through activity can be beneficial. An “activity” may take many forms. A shared laugh, hug, or even something as simple as eye contact can stimulate their mind. Music, exercise, or even playing games can also help promote cognitive stimulation. In the journal Neurology’s advanced online edition, Robert S. Wilson M.D. studied and followed individuals who were taking part in cognitive activities such as “reading a newspaper, playing games like chess or checkers, visiting a library, or attending a play”. This study concluded that individuals who demonstrated frequent cognitive activities were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, versus those who demonstrated little or no cognitive activity.
Keeping our minds active can also promote emotional well-being. It is imperative for seniors and other adults to have a positive outlook on life. Our caregivers know the importance of emotional wellness and encourage a positive way of thinking.
THE MORE SOCIAL THE BETTER
Offering a chair for your loved one at a group table may promote social interaction. Offering a chair in front of a window that looks into a bird feeder may encourage bird watching. Whatever the activity, we believe that social interaction and stimulation keep the mind and heart happy. For example, increasing your loved one’s morale through social engagement will positively affect their emotional well-being. According to an article in the journal of Research on Aging, “Loneliness has a major negative effect on morale”. This article also states that when an individual is socially engaged, “feelings of loneliness are reduced, and morale is increased by interaction with friends”.
*Whether provided by family, friends, or Axis Homecare, our philosophy of Coupled Caregiving promotes activities that are based on your loved one’s physical health, behaviors, and their personal preferences.