The Cedars: The Value of Companionship As We Age

“We have the same basic needs and desires in our later years,” explains Richard Marino, MD, Medical Director at The Cedars. “We need friendships and companionship. Relationships improve the quality of our lives, and can actually extend our lives.”

It has been observed that mortality rates slightly decrease just prior to major holidays and life events, suggesting that spending time with those that we love has a beneficial effect on our survival. Research has shown that sexual activity and other forms of physical and emotional affection lowers the risk of depression in seniors.*

That’s why Dr. Marino makes it a priority to support healthy, consensual relationships that form at The Cedars— and why loved ones should, too.

“Our staff respects the privacy of our residents,” he says. “We work closely with families to resolve any concerns about consent or their loved one’s care, and we work closely with residents to customize their treatment plans to let them live the lives they choose.”

Relationships formed later in life can be just as strong and mutually beneficial as bonds forged earlier in our lives. “Seniors bring a lifetime’s worth of experience into these relationships,” adds Dr. Marino. “These relationships change their lives.”