There are some well-known ways to stay healthy: eat right, be physically active and get the proper amount of rest. But over the last few years, being social has been shown to have a positive impact on seniors’ overall well-being. It’s true. The benefits of social interaction in the elderly can improve mind, body and emotional health.
Being socially active by maintaining and forming new relationships can become more challenging for elderly people. That’s because after retirement, you may lose many of your work relationships, and family, neighbors and friends can move away leading to greater social isolation. Plus, health-related and mobility issues can make it harder to get around to see friends and family on a regular basis.
6 Reasons to Become a Social Butterfly
Known for being charismatic and easygoing, people considered to be social butterflies typically have excellent social skills. They can walk into a room and talk to anyone. But even if you consider yourself more of a wallflower, becoming more social offers several advantages. You could start enjoying these benefits of social interaction in the elderly:
- Better mental health: Research has shown that consistent contact with friends and family members can help boost your mood. Interacting with others can also increase your feelings of well-being, reduce stress and feelings of isolation and depression.
- Improved physical health:: Being socially active can also help keep you physically active. Especially if you’re getting together with a workout buddy or joining friends for a walk. Physical activity has been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce physical pain, and even boost your immune system — allowing you to fight off colds, the flu, and even some types of cancer.
- Improved eating and sleeping habits: Many seniors start to choose convenience over proper nutrition. Poor eating habits can make you more vulnerable to malnutrition at a time when eating well is important to your health, wellness and overall longevity. Studies show that seniors who dine with others often eat more food and choose options that are better for them. Also, those with good relationships tend to sleep better than those who have strained relationships or are socially isolated.
- A Sense of community: Being socially active can help you stay connected to those you care about most. Plus, it can help give you a feeling of belonging and add a sense of purpose to your days. Participating in group activities helps you to create a larger circle of friends for a better support system.
- Increased longevity: Some studies have shown that those who are connected to others can live a longer, happier life. That’s because friends can help you deal with the stresses of life and can also encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle.
- Reduced risk of dementia: According to the National Institutes of Health, socializing is good for your brain health. By keeping your brain constantly engaged in activity and interaction, you are sharpening your mind and reducing the risk of cognitive decline.
A Community Where Everybody Knows Your Name
At The Buckingham, we’re large enough to offer a variety of top-notch services and amenities — including a full continuum of on-site care including independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Yet our community is still intimate enough that all the staff and residents know each other by name.
If you or a loved one needs help with the activities of daily living in a supportive community of friends, consider assisted living at The Buckingham. We’ve helped hundreds of area seniors enjoy more engaging and purposeful lives. To learn more about your options, contact us here.