Friendship Suites Bring Companionship to Harrisburg, PA Memory Support
Life is better with a friend. That’s what residents of Ecumenical Retirement Community’s Harrisburg, PA Memory Support community are discovering.
Friendship is good for health.
Did you know that adults with strong social connections have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI)? Some studies have even found that maintaining social connections can improve immune response and speed up recovery from illness, too.
It’s good for mental and emotional wellbeing, too.
Brain World Magazine reports, “Scientists and health professionals now believe the more socially active people are, the less likely they will experience signs of dementia, including the devastating cognitive impairments associated with Alzheimer’s pathology.” According to the CDC, social isolation was associated with about a 50% increased risk of dementia.
Loneliness was found to increase the risk of depression, anxiety and suicide, too. Studies have shown people with strong social connections are more likely to live longer than adults with fewer ties to friends and family.
Friendship is about sharing and caring.
Companionship is an important aspect of friendship. Having someone to share the day with can prevent isolation and loneliness, boost happiness, reduce stress, encourage healthy choices and help when coping with changes such as illness or death of a loved one.
Even though the benefits of friendship can have a tremendous impact, friendships can be difficult for people suffering from memory loss. Often, friendships fade away after a dementia diagnosis. But having someone who understands and shares the experience can be life affirming.
That’s why Ecumenical Retirement Community’s Harrisburg, PA memory support community has friendship suites designed for residents needing dementia care who wish to enjoy the benefits of living with a companion. Having someone to bond with and share in activities, meals and events can ease the transition to the community experience. Shared accommodations can save money, too.
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For more than 25 years, Ecumenical Retirement Community has been providing affordable senior living in Harrisburg, PA. To tour one of our memory support friendship suites, schedule a visit today. Or contact us to learn more about how our residents live life with purpose.
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