Humans are social by nature; it helps our minds to continually develop and keeps our neurons firing. There are so many ways for seniors to stay connected in this day and age. Below we will discuss different activities and the benefits that go along with social interaction.
Social contact is just as important as physical exercise and eating well to maintain health. Those who continue to maintain and create friendships and find other ways to interact socially tend to live longer than those who become isolated. When surrounded by a supportive community, being sociable becomes much easier. Social functions help keep our mind mentally occupied and acute, and it can help prevent dementia.
Depression rates are extremely high when it comes to the aging population. Our mood affects the way we operate, and connecting with others can help keep yourself or a loved one in an optimistic mood. Socially dynamic seniors usually are more physically active as well, which has its own benefits. Seniors who exhaust themselves socially are likely to have better sleep, which helps with their health in so many ways! Having someone to talk to – no matter the age – is crucial for a longer healthier lifestyle.
What are some ways to get involved with your peers? Here are just a few suggestions:
- Join a club or group. Think about activities that interest you. Do you like gardening? Golfing? Reading? Meeting up with others on a regular basis is a great way to meet new people and enjoy experiences with those who share your interests.
- Become a volunteer. Volunteering within your local community provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose that can’t be denied. Many hospitals, schools, community centers and animal shelters are always looking for reliable volunteers of all ages.
- Enjoy lifelong learning opportunities. Many colleges or adult education centers provide classes designed specifically for seniors where you can continue to learn new things and expand your mind.
- Join a senior fitness center. If a regular gym seems too intimidating, consider trying out a fitness center specifically for the older generation. You’ll meet other active seniors who are looking to stay healthy and physically fit.
- Reach out to family. When you’ve got free time, offer to babysit grandkids or take a loved one out to lunch. These are great ways to maintain those familial relationships and stay involved in the lives of those who mean the most to you.
- Try out new technology. Don’t be leery of those computers and tablets! They provide the perfect way for you to connect via social media, email or Skype with friends or family who don’t live nearby.
- Pick up a part-time job. Going back to work is another great way to keep your mind stimulated and engaged. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll make a little extra spending money to tuck away for a rainy day.
Silverstone Living Promotes Healthy Living
At Silverstone Living, the dining rooms and cafes in our communities are central gathering spots for residents and families. It’s not uncommon to see the same group of friends dine together daily for years, or extended family members joining a resident in the private dining room for a special celebration. Connecting with loved ones or meeting new friends over a meal is as important as ever for residents when they come to live with us.