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