Amy Weiss | Apr 13, 2021
Did you know social isolation is one of the leading causes of depression for older adults? For those living alone, and for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, isolation can be a real struggle. But aging doesn't have to be lonely. And, it doesn't have to be boring! Having a healthy social life is important, especially for older adults, and provides the following benefits:
Here are four ways seniors can combat boredom and isolation, whether gathering safely with loved ones and friends or finding activities to do at home.
Most people are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise, but staying active can also benefit you mentally, socially, and emotionally. Specifically, group exercise has many benefits and can be done virtually or in-person. Tips like committing to a routine and rewarding yourself can help you get the most out of your exercise.
Learning new things is especially beneficial older adults, especially those with memory loss. Whether you attend a craft hour at your Walker Methodist community or tour national parks virtually, it's never too late to learn something new.
Sometimes all a conversation with a loved one or friend is all it takes to brighten your day. Thankfully, there are different ways to connect safely. According to the Mayo Clinic, friendships and close relationships increase your sense of belonging, happiness, self-worth, and wellbeing; reduce stress; help you cope with traumas or challenges; and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Close relationships also may reduce the risk of health problems like depression, high blood pressure, and more.
Socialization foster relationships, establish good communication skills, and promotes a sense of community. Connecting with others keeps people young at heart, emotionally vibrant, and mentally sharp. Fighting boredom and isolation doesn't have to be done alone. Walker Methodist senior living communities are safe, welcoming places that can help you or your loved one live fully. Our team members offer the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual activities older adults need to live happy, fulfilling lives. Now is the time to live your life!
Contact us today to learn how we can help you experience the best in senior living.