A new study on magic mushrooms suggests that they could help seniors feel less lonely.
Most seniors prefer to live in the sanctuary of their homes than to spend the rest of their lives in nursing homes. However, family members may feel unease with that idea especially if their senior loved ones have no one to look after them. Not only do we feel like it's not safe for our aging parents to live by themselves, but the fact that loneliness can seep in makes us resent the idea. Make sure you make their lives comfortable by providing all their needs, especially their mental, emotional, and health needs.
The sense of loneliness is one of the worst feelings a person can have. It is linked to several physical and mental health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and even an increased risk for suicide.
Loneliness affects people of all ages but it is particularly experienced by older citizens. As we age, we lose our companions, friends move away or pass away, children leave home and start their own lives.
The sense of loneliness is also more present among seniors who have lost a spouse or partner due to death or divorce.
But here's the problem: loneliness is not just a bad feeling; it's actually bad for your health, according to the American Psychological Association.
Loneliness can affect seniors’ physical and mental health. According to a report by the National Institute on Aging, loneliness is associated with higher blood pressure, worse sleep quality and depression. So how can we help the lonely elderly?
What if there’s a way to treat those dreaded feelings of loneliness with a medicine that has been used by humans for thousands of years?
A new study recently published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology indicates that magic mushrooms might be able to alleviate feelings of loneliness for elderly people who are suffering from depression.
The study included 15 participants between the ages of 60 and 75 who reported “moderate-to-severe” symptoms of loneliness over a one-month period before taking part in the study. For 12 weeks, each participant was given two doses of psilocybin (the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms) in two separate sessions. After taking psilocybin, participants were asked about their emotions and feelings of loneliness.
The scientists found that all 15 participants had reduced feelings of loneliness after taking the magic mushrooms. The researchers also noted that none of the participants experienced any adverse effects from taking psilocybin during the study.
It's not just the youth who use magic mushrooms; seniors have been using magic mushrooms to treat a variety of ailments and it has shown to be most effective in treating depression and treating cognitive disease.
Magic Mushrooms, also known as psilocybin mushrooms, is a naturally occurring fungus that grows in many parts of the world. It contains a psychoactive compound called psilocybin, which is converted into psilocin in the body. Psilocin acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, which can alter perception and consciousness.
Magic Mushrooms have been used since ancient times for spiritual rituals, religious ceremonies and healing by indigenous people around the world. Nowadays, magic mushrooms are gaining popularity due to its therapeutic effects and how it can alleviate symptoms of mental health conditions.
The use of Magic Mushrooms Montreal as a therapeutic agent has been proven to be effective for treating various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When taken in proper doses with supervision, these drugs can help patients feel relaxed and peaceful.
Always find time to interact with them.
There is nothing better than having quality time with your loved one. For seniors, since they are now retired and have lots of time to spare, social isolation becomes quite common, so make sure to make it a point to interact with them as often as you can.
Set up dinner dates and family days, and don't forget about special occasions. Call, text or message them as often as you can. Our hectic schedule should never be an excuse.
Take them to events they would surely enjoy.
You know what your senior wants, and if you don't, you can always ask them. Getting them out of the confinement of their homes to do things they love doing will lift their spirits up and take the loneliness away, even for a couple of hours. Make sure that all activities are safe and that they can handle whatever event they are about to attend.
Give them a wonderful gift of life.
What's the best way to combat loneliness? Get them an awesome pet they can handle and take care of themselves! Is your aging dad a dog lover? Why not get him a dog? Is your mom a fan of cats? Then maybe it's time to give her a cat of her own.
Pets are capable of giving humans a sense of purpose. If you get your senior family member a pet, they will have something to look forward to every day. Make sure to pick an appropriate pet - like a well-behaved dog, and they can enjoy the many benefits that are both fun and rewarding.
If you as a young and robust adult can feel loneliness sometimes, imagine how much more can your aging loved ones must be feeling right now. Don't let them experience loneliness and isolation when you can do something to ease their pain. If only we take some of our precious time to call, visit, and get someone who can take care of them while we are away, they'll be a lot happier, healthier and safer.
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