When we retire, our lives may not be as hectic and fast-paced as before. But just because our pace of life has slowed down doesn’t mean our social lives need to slow down too! Regular socialization for seniors, whether at home or in a welcoming residential community, boosts physical, mental, and emotional health, and can even be one of the secrets for living longer lives. Here are just a few benefits of staying connected with loved ones and the people around us.
Better Cognitive Performance and Mental Health
Beyond sharing precious moments with a loved one, socialization can stimulate your mind to keep it active and sharp. This is especially so if you’re catching up with friends over a favorite card or board game, which can train our brains to handle multiple tasks at once. As a result, cognitive decline can slow down, reducing the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.
More importantly, socialization keeps at bay a major issue faced by many seniors: isolation and loneliness. If left unchecked, isolation and loneliness can lead to serious adverse health effects, like weaker heart health, high blood pressure, and sleep deprivation. Keeping in touch with loved ones helps to remind us that we’re not alone, which then reduces the likelihood of loneliness turning into the more serious forms of depression or anxiety. Additionally, socialization can improve your mental health and lift your spirits by boosting your self-esteem.
Stress doesn’t just affect us mentally, but it can affect our physical health too. When we’re stressed, our body releases stress hormones that inhibit our immune system, making us increasingly likely to fall sick. However, when we spend some quality time with people we love and care about, we’re likely to feel happier and be less stressed. This means improved cardiovascular health, better sleep, and a stronger immune system in the long run.
Improved Physical Activity
This might come as a surprise to some, but socializing can indeed boost your physical health too! If you’re meeting friends outside your home, you’ll be able to burn off some calories when you travel to meet up with them. And if your friends happen to be your workout buddies, that’s even better! Not only can you keep each other accountable to your health and fitness goals, but together, you can also make your exercise routine feel more like fun than work!
Socialization at Blue Ridge By Discovery Senior Living
If you’re looking to make some new friends within a warm senior living community, you’ve come to the right place. Blue Ridge is a world-class assisted living and memory care community located in the idyllic town of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Our carefully curated senior living programs serve the needs of our wide variety of residents. From our packed schedule of activities and events to our interactive health and fitness programs, Blue Ridge has something for everyone. Feel free to call us or schedule a tour to visit our beautiful community. Learn about our senior living options today – we’d be delighted to share more with you!