It comes as no surprise that, as a person ages, the importance of staying physically active and eating healthy gains even more importance than they already had. A key part of a person’s overall health is exercising regularly and maintaining their overall bodily health. However, researchers have discovered that older adults should be enjoying the many benefits of socialization as well. Building your relationships, staying in touch with loved ones, and hanging out with friends may well be nearly or as effective as exercising where improving your overall quality of life and mood are concerned.
Without socialization in their life, your loved one may be more likely to need long-term care. Isolation of older adults can lead to long-term illnesses such as depression, impaired mobility, arthritis, chronic lung disease, and more.
Here are some of the benefits to be enjoyed by your loved one through socialization.
Your aging loved one is more likely to live a happier, longer life if they maintain strong social circles. To deal with the stresses of daily life, loved ones and friends can be encouraging – in part because they make a loved one want to live a healthier life.
Many grandparents who occasionally take care of their grandson or granddaughter say that it helps them to be more active in their day-to-day lifestyle and makes them feel healthier.
A variety of physical and mental health problems can be the result of social isolation. When that happens, an independent lifestyle is harder to maintain. Isolation can lead to improper nutrition, poor immune health, anxiety, depression, and a higher risk of numerous health issues. People who suffer from health issues run the risk of declining independence.
When older adults are surrounded by friends and family, it improves their physical health. But it can also help provide a better quality of life, improve their mood, and give them a sense of purpose.
Physical Health Improvement
For older adults who remain socially active, there are numerous cognitive benefits to be experienced. For your loved one’s physical well-being, a variety of benefits can be achieved including lower blood pressure and reduced risk of:
- Some cancers
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cardiovascular problems
Social connectivity can improve your nutritional health and help boost your immune system. Why? When others are around, most people make smarter choices regarding what they eat.
As they age, your loved one is more likely to enjoy positive cognitive health if they stay socially engaged with their peers. Strong social relationships may be correlated with a lower inflammatory factor associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s, referred to as interleukin-6.
Numerous Opportunities for Socialization at Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens
Everyone who works at Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens has at least one thing in common: commitment to providing the most enjoyable experience possible for our residents. With carefree living, state-of-the-art wellness and lifestyle programs, and numerous highly desirable amenities, we offer extraordinary care options in one of Florida’s most beautiful areas.
Our community includes a salon, theater, club rooms, fine dining, and much more. Just a few minutes away from the PGA National, our residences provide some of the best features available for retirement living.
Call with any questions you may have or, better yet, schedule a tour. See in person what so many have already discovered – the living is easy and socialization opportunities abound at Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens.