Message From Our CEO

Keeping Good Company

Hello Friends and Family,

The memories of holidays past are warm reminders of the importance of family. As we gather around the fireside, many of us cherish the quality time we spend with loved ones. When we are among our close kin, we often forget that many people, oftentimes seniors, are spending the holidays alone.

Whether unable to travel to see family or missing loved ones, many seniors experience feelings of loneliness and depression during the winter holidays. Loneliness has a tendency to pervade emotions and affect physical health. Though no doctor can diagnose loneliness, they can see the signs associated with it such as depression, increased heart rate and weaker immune system. Though there are claims that loneliness is an epidemic among seniors, I disagree.

From time to time, we all feel lonely. With the help of a friend or a trusted caregiver, any mounting pre-holiday loneliness can be abated. Because loneliness is so common among seniors, Synergy HomeCare offers companionship as one of its core services. With the presence of a friend or a trusted caregiver, loneliness can be abated as seniors experience the joy of winter festivities. Caregivers at Synergy HomeCare seek to create and maintain meaningful relationships with those for whom they care.

No one should have to spend the holidays alone. Whether you are a professional caregiver, or look after your senior neighbor, you can make the holidays special for a senior in need. I encourage everyone to take time to celebrate the holidays with at least one senior. Sharing your goodwill with others is the best gift you can give.


Peter Tourian
CEO and Founder SYNERGY HomeCare

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