November Marks “National Family Caregivers Month”
Leaders in Aging Aim to Celebrate Those that Provide Invaluable Care and Love to Older Adults
Loneliness among older adults has been a longtime issue for many years. Since the practices of social distancing were put into place due to COVID-19 restrictions, the damaging impacts of social isolation have been forced into the spotlight, with several notable publications reporting that loneliness can be more detrimental to health than smoking 15 cigarettes per day. While caregivers have always played an important role in the lives of their loved ones, many have had to uncover ‘outside the box’ ways to bring joy and comfort into the lives of their loved ones. This November, we celebrate their efforts – and discuss unique solutions – during National Family Caregivers Month.
Family Caregivers are tasked with one of the toughest jobs there is. They are often on call 24/7 with little support. According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) more than 90 million Americans care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. Introducing new care techniques, and embracing new technologies that can help caregivers, benefits both patient and caregiver.
Studies have shown that connections through play, joy, and happiness – ultimately reduce the cost of care and improve the quality of life for older adults, their loved ones, and their caregivers. Multiple independent clinical studies conducted by AARP, UnitedHealthcare, and more have shown that amitronic pets enhance the well-being, sense of purpose and quality of life of individuals with dementia; they have also shown a significant reduction in agitation, social isolation, depression and expressions of sadness among older adults. Created to look, sound, and feel like real pets, Companion pets provide many of the same benefits of interactive companionship.
AGELESS INNOVATION CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, TED FISCHER, IS AVAILABLE TO TALK TO AUDIENCES ABOUT THE “POWER OF PLAY” AND HOW AMITRONIC PETS CAN BE USED AS A TOOL TO FOSTER ESSENTIAL SOCIAL CONNECTIONS, IMPROVE EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, AND BRING JOY AS WE LIVE AND AGE TOGETHER. JOIN TED FISCHER ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AS HE GIVES TIPS ON WAYS TO THINK “OUTSIDE OF THE BOX” HE WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
- Why is play important for older Americans?
- How is Ageless Innovation working with other aging leaders across the country to combat social isolation among older adults?
- How can animatronic pets aid in the fight against social isolation, loneliness, and more?
- How can Companion Pets ease the stress on caregivers?
- How has the demand for animatronic pets increased since the Coronavirus pandemic?
- How can our listeners celebrate National Family Caregivers Month?
Ted Fischer is Co-Founder & CEO of Ageless Innovation. The company focuses on bringing comfort, joy, and meaningful connections to older adults around the world and reimagining how we positively live and age together by unleashing the power of play.