“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” -James 1:12 (NIV)

 

As 2016 drew to a close, I had the honor of walking beside my grandmother through her last days and escorting my grandfather across the country to an Assisted living community.
The stress from losing a spouse and deciding to move back home to his roots was incredibly high.
dizziness, vertigo, bppv

        Grampa and Gramma

I am thankful I was able to act as a support and to advocate for him.

This experience led me to think more about how important social support is for our overall well-being, particularly for vestibular patients recovering from episodes of vertigo. I came across the article, Social Support and Resilience to Stress, which looks at several studies on how social support, or lack of, affects our physical and physiological health.

 

The article concluded that the studies they reviewed “clearly demonstrate the harmful consequences of poor social support and the protective effects of having access to rich and functional social networks on maintaining physical and psychological health.”

 

Just as I needed to be a social support for my grandfather as he coped with the loss of his spouse, patients who are going through the stress of living day to day with a vestibular disorder need to be sure to seek out a social support system for their own well-being.

 

For me, my grandfather moving into an Assisted living community marked the end of an 11-year era of health-coaching, end-of-life planning, fall prevention education and intermittent caregiving for my grandparents.

The start of 2017 is a time of new beginnings.

To be clear, at 95 years old, my Grampa is moving into an Independent Apartment within an Assisted living community.

 

He wanted to get three square meals a day while he works on his digital multi-media autobiography on a custom software that he recently designed.

 

Now he has a large community of old connections, new friends to meet and a new social support system to discover.

 

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