Today, we want to talk a little about the importance of socialization for senior citizens.
There are plenty of things that help maintain good physical health, including regular exercise, good sleeping habits, and our own assistive lift chairs. But what about maintaining a healthy mindset? We all know how much of an impact our outlook has on how we feel, so what non-physical things can we do to stay healthy?
It’s not something we talk about often, but social engagement plays a critical role in mental health and overall wellness. In fact, multiple studies have concluded social interaction has a positive effect on senior health and well-being.
Let’s look closer.
The Importance of Socialization for Senior Citizens
Studies conducted within a senior cohort showed that daily socializing and group activity participation greatly increases senior mobility and productivity.
Also, seniors who were more social also lived longer than their more reclusive peers, proving”use it or lose it” is a good mentality to have.
Physical exercise is also ranked highly among the best anti-aging methods, but building a strong social circle is the most pivotal aspect to a long and healthy life according to research.
Bryan James, a Chicago based epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center says, “People who have the strongest sense of purpose are much less likely to become depressed, have neuroticism, or get Alzheimers.”
Aging gracefully is just as simple as keeping up with your close friends and striving to make new connections at all ages.
Read more about this at Greater Good Berkeley