It is common knowledge that seniors are encouraged to have frequent social interaction, but not everyone knows why. On first thought, the lack of social interaction simply leads to loneliness and perhaps sadness for some time. However, the implications can be far greater than that, especially so for seniors. Research has shown that the simple act of socializing can bring about numerous physical and mental health benefits.
Multiple studies have been conducted over the years to find out if there are real benefits of socializing for seniors. One such study found that 60-year-olds that visited friends almost daily were approximately 12 percent less likely to develop memory-related problems like dementia as compared to those who only visited friends once every few months. Another study conducted by the National Institution on Aging found strong evidence to support a link between social isolation and an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and others alike.
Tips to Increase Social Interaction
- Making use of hobbies. Practicing your hobby and being actively involved in a nearby community can bring joy and fulfillment, while also allowing you to meet new people and have frequent social interaction.
- Taking a trip to new places can encourage you to interact with others and also create exposure to different cultures and people.
- Committing to volunteer work in organizations brings a structured schedule and also guarantees interaction with multiple parties and other volunteers. Not only do you get to socialize, but you also get to make a positive impact on others’ lives!
- Learn something new. The journey of learning never stops regardless of what age you are. Take the chance to delve into something you have always wanted to learn, be it educational subjects like chemistry or even learning to play a new game like chess. This also helps to create cognitive stimulation, which is essential in reducing the risks of dementia.
- Explore social media. Some seniors might have restrictions in mobility and hence the need to spend most of their time at home. For this group, social media can be a great alternative to stay connected with loved ones and friends, and even provide opportunities for them to make new friends. There is no limit on the internet as to how many people you can interact with, and it can be great for seniors when used correctly. Seniors who are wary of technology can ask their younger relatives for help.
Social Interaction in Senior Living Communities
In senior living communities, residents have the freedom to spend time with friends and enjoy daily activities together such as sharing stories over a nice dinner. Here at Discovery Village At Twin Creeks, residents get to participate in frequent events and activities planned for them together with their friends and live a rich and fulfilling life. Contact us today to find out more now!