If you’ve ever felt better, after having a conversation with a friend or family member, you’ve experienced the healing power of conversation. Talking with someone about what’s on your mind, what’s going on in your life, or discussing what’s happening in theirs, can energize, calm, and inspire you. Great conversation can make you feel alive and cause you to forget about your concerns and worries. In fact, even with all of the medical advancements that exist today, it may turn out that our most effective medicine remains our ability to interact with each other.
The benefits of conversation are not always top of mind. Inside the modern home today, many families are intensely focused on electronics, rather than each other. Big screen televisions, video games, and Internet-based entertainment dominate home environments. It isn’t unusual to find sounds from electronic devices blaring in the background as family members are fixated on the screens of their Smartphones, tablets, and computers. When it comes to old-fashioned conversation between two or more family members, unencumbered by electronics, this can be rare. For many seniors this is an uncomfortable world, where humanity seems diminished, even when they do not say so.
Celebrated author, Deepak Chopra, emphasizes the mind-body connection in his work. “When we commune with each other we tap into the healing power of the soul,” says Chopra. He and other practitioners of the healing arts agree: If you want to help seniors feel more vibrant and even recover better from physical ailments, make it a point to engage them in more conversation.
Many seniors feel disconnected today with little to contribute to conversations between young, family members, with active lives. As a result, it might be difficult to get your senior loved one talking after extended periods of being conditioned to retreat into their thoughts and not talk. Making an effort to spark conversation, however, is an important undertaking if you truly want your senior to be healthier. Finally, don’t limit your conversation to details of your senior’s medical condition but find pleasant topics to talk about. When your senior loved one is engaged with intriguing and uplifting conversation the health benefits will be equally uplifting.