The Importance of Staying Socially Active and Connected

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Why Should Seniors Stay Socially Active?

You may already know how important maintaining an active lifestyle is as you age, but are you aware of the importance of staying socially active and connected to others? Social contact can be just as effective as physical activities for improving your mood and quality of life. Studies have shown that seniors who stay connected socially generally even live longer and are happier than those who are more isolated.

In fact, if you aren’t maintaining social interactions on a daily basis, you may be putting yourself at risk for depression or even dementia. Having good relationships with others will help you maintain good physical and emotional health, as well as improve your cognitive function. Interaction with your peers not only leads to a sharper mind, but it gives you a sense of belonging and keeps you connected to the world around you.

Health Benefits Socially Active Seniors Enjoy

There are numerous health benefits to being socially active, such as a potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even some cancers. An active social life can boost your immune system and improve your nutrition, since you tend to eat more when you’re around others. Having social interactions with other active seniors can lower your blood pressure and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression.

Isolated seniors experience a faster decline in their health than those who are maintaining regular social activities. Loneliness even leads to poor physical functioning, like being able to climb the stairs in the home, or using upper body strength to complete certain tasks. A senior who is involved in social interactions will be more able to live independently longer.

Social Activities for Seniors Promote Wellness

Some great ways for seniors to stay socially active and connected include:

  • Join a club or group. Whether it be a book club, garden club, or a golf group, these meet-ups are a great way to get introduced to new people, build relationships and share experiences with those who have similar interests.
  • Take a class. Sign up for a writing course or an art class at a community college or adult education center. You’ll learn something new while interacting with others, and your brain will stay active, too!
  • Volunteer. If you’re physically able, volunteering in your community can lead to a feeling of accomplishment and purpose.
  • Join a gym. As mentioned before, staying physically active is also very important for seniors, and by joining a gym you’ll get double the benefit. You’ll keep your body active as well as enjoy social interaction with others.
  • Learn new technology. Learning to use the internet will give you the ability to connect with friends and loved ones who don’t live nearby via email or social media. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, the 74+ demographic is the fastest-growing group across web-based social networks!

At Lourdes-Noreen McKeen, we are an active retirement community that strongly believes in the importance of social activities for seniors. Our residents enjoy a variety of activities and events to keep our residents out and about and enjoying life; everything from a night at the opera to engaging card games and movie nights. You’ll never have a dull moment at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen!

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