Healthy relationships are necessary at every age, but the importance of an active social life for seniors cannot be overemphasized. Consistent and healthy social interactions help keep seniors mentally, physically and emotionally fit.
Health benefits of Staying Socially Connected
Social engagement helps seniors maintain a high quality of life. It helps harness the most unique and beneficial “side benefits” of healthy friendships, including improved cognitive function, sound emotional health, balanced blood pressure, reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, increased longevity, greater mental acuity and improved physical fitness.
“Experts say that social interactions can affect cognitive health. A study found that cognitive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections compared to those who had little social contact with others.”
Find Sources of Social Support
Taking part in social activities is a great way for seniors to learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. The ability to participate and try new activities and hobbies can provide your loved ones with a sense of boosted self-confidence.
Social activities like signing up for a cooking class, taking up gardening, playing with grandkids, joining a laughter club, going for yoga sessions, playing chess with friends, travelling with friends, carpooling etc. provide a degree of mental stimulation.
It’s important to be mindful of senior parents’ health no matter how far you may be from them. Setting up home care services as well as encouraging participation in social activities can help seniors to live a more fulfilled and healthy life. Encourage experimentation and support their interests and hobbies to see your loved ones thrive!