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Friends and Family – We Can Choose Our Friends and Our Attitudes – Tips from Hearthside Home Care

We Can Choose Our Friends and Our Attitude and Our Gratefulness Helps Us to Thrive and Soar - Tips from Hearthside Home Care

The topic here is gratefulness. Our home care clients and their families tell us all the time how important their family and friends are to them in maintaining health and balance in their lives. Many say you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. Along those same lines, we can choose our outlook and attitude. Over 148 research studies have confirmed that strong ties to friends and family not only feeds our souls but makes us healthier! Also, no matter what our age or physical health condition, we can stay positive and productive, no matter what. Two of the benefits of good connections to family and friends are:

  • An increase in our gratitude
  • Sustaining and improving our communication skills

Here’s a suggestion on how to reach out to others: Become a “friendly visitor” who makes phone calls to those who cannot leave home. It’s something simple, and it’s a place to start. Our home care clients tell us frequently that just the simple act of looking outside of themselves and reaching out to others allows them to instantly feel better and truly appreciate what they do have and what they’ve been given, including their own challenges and disabilities. Their gratefulness soars. They choose to allow their disability to become their opportunity.

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Friends and Family – We All Can Help – Even Randy the Canine Ambassador – Tips from Hearthside Home Care

Randy and Visiting at Heritage Greens Retirement Community

Friends and Family - We Can All Help - Even Randy the Canine Ambassador - Tips from Hearthside Home Care

 

Would you like to know how to increase longevity by a rate of 50 percent? Stay close to friends and family! Over 148 research studies have confirmed what many of us have suspected all along, strong ties to friends and family not only feeds our souls but makes us healthier! No matter what your age or your physical health condition, a strong social network can add years to your life. Randy is an important member of the Hearthside family and a friend to many home care clients in the community.

Here Randy shares some more of the benefits of making and keeping good connections to family and friends: 

 – A better attitude and outlook on life.

 – An increase in gratitude.

 –  Decreases our chances of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

 – Prevents isolation.

In this mobile society, we often find our friends and family members living far away, making it harder to stay connected. But with a little effort, you can increase your social network by reaching out to others.

Here are some tips on how to become better connected!

 

 – Visit a local senior center.

 –  Volunteer like Randy does at a local hospital, assisted living or retirement community

 –  Volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

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Friends and Family – Take Walks, Visit Library – Tips from Hearthside Home Care – In Home Senior Care Greensboro NC

 
Visit and Volunteer at Your Local Library

Friends and Family Tips from Hearthside Home Care Greensboro NC - Visit Your Local Library

In this mobile society, we often find our friends and family members living far away, making it harder to stay connected. But with a little effort, you can fortify your social network by reaching out to others. Here are tips 3 and 4 :

 

  • Take walks through your neighborhood – great way to meet your neighbors.
  • Visit your local library – volunteer to read to children or help with literacy program There are benefits to having good connections to family and friends, such as adecrease in the likelihood of depression, and a decrease in elevated blood pressure during stressful events. Frequently, our in-home clients and their families tell us that activities such as taking walks in their neighborhoods, and helping children learn to read or volunteering in their library’s literacy program helps them to better function and maintain a positive outlook.

    In case you missed our first tip, here it is again for you:

    Here’s the first tip:

    1.    Join Facebook and share your life and photos with loved ones.

    Stay tuned for more tips and benefits to staying connected to family and friends, and for a complete list, press the link on the top right “With a little help from our family and friends…”

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