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Why it’s Important that Seniors have a Social Life

Elizabeth Meyer | Jan 24, 2017

Parents encourage socialization for their children to instill a lifelong virtue of goodwill and connection. Socialization is even recommended for pets! Socialization is the activity of mixing socially with others. It's intended to foster relationships, establish good communication skills, and promote a sense of community. And, the importance of socialization never wears off, and it's particularly relevant for seniors. Here's why. 

Socializing keeps people young at heart, emotionally vibrant, and mentally sharp. As you, your parents, or loved ones age, have you taken time to consider the continued importance of socialization? When you were a baby, socialization helped you develop who you are. As older adults continue to enjoy life, it remains important that seniors have a social life to help maintain a healthy physical and emotional balance.

Support for Emotional Health

Socializing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental health. Did you know that connecting with friends may also boost your brain health and lower your risk of dementia? If you need reasons to help justify spending extra time lingering over coffee or a puzzle, memory loss was identified as a key measuring stick in older adults. There is evidence that suggests memory loss is a strong risk factor for dementia, which currently impacts a great deal of the US population over the age of 65.

Social isolation is one of the leading causes of depression in seniors. Loneliness can easily take its toll on individuals of every age, but there's greater concern for older adults as routines and independence changes. Socialization can have a positive effect where isolation is concerned by helping seniors feel loved and needed. Lives can be affirmed by the activities and interactions. Being around other people, especially spent doing something fun or rewarding, helps individuals keep a positive outlook on life and a healthy mental state.

Focusing on Physical Health

Older adults with active social lives can also prevent a number of physical ailments from negatively impacting their overall health. When seniors maintain an active physical regimen with friends and neighbors, they reap the reward in terms of improved physical health as they age. Among the greatest benefits of physical activity are the following:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular problems
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Potentially reduce the risk of mental health issues

Adults of all ages are encouraged to remain physically active to maintain healthy body weights, cardiovascular strength, and boost muscle strength. The same factors apply to older adults, and can significantly boost the overall health of seniors as they age. More importantly, seniors who remain physically and intellectually active in social settings can also help fight off depression through interaction.

Benefits of Senior Living Communities for Socialization

Group of seniors playing cardsFor those worried about the health of aging parents or loved ones, senior living communities can offer the solution you need. Finding a senior community that provides a variety of social activities and amenities for its residents can help them lead a full, happy life as they age.

Senior living communities offer older adults the emotional, physical, social activities they need to remain healthy. Common examples of social activities in community centers include shopping outings arranged by staff, game nights, movie nights, and even meals together with neighbors.

Best of all, senior living communities offer everyone peace of mind. Older adults can enjoy the active social life they enjoy, physically, spiritually, and mentally, while allowing family and friends to rest easy knowing their loved ones have a safe, happy environment to call home.


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