Do Social Connections Make Us Healthier?
When you think about aging healthfully, what do you think of? Many of us think about staying physically active or about eating wholesome foods. You may also think about different ways to stay sharp, such as trying out new hobbies or playing brain games. However, amidst all the different ways to age well, there’s an unsung hero: friendships and social connections.
Meaning and Connection
As we age, we run the risk of becoming more isolated. When we find a way to have an active social life, we find that our lives are filled with more purpose, meaning, and connection. We can laugh, share with, and feel bonded to others. We feel more emotionally and spiritually fulfilled and ultimately feel safer and more supported in this world.
Physical Benefits of Social Connections
By connecting with others, we feel calmer, which can help lower our blood pressure. When meals are a central part of a social outing, we may be encouraged to eat more and nourish ourselves. Additionally, by interacting with others, we may be inspired to stay more physically active, taking group walks or maybe even taking a senior fitness class together. A calmer and more active life is a healthier life, and social connections help us to attain just that.
Emotional Benefits of Social Connections
It comes as no surprise that seniors who have an active social life may feel less anxious, isolated, or depressed. When we spend time with others, we start to feel more optimistic, energized, and balanced. Our friends can teach us new things, cheer us up, and bring us out of our funk.
Benefits of Community Living for Seniors
As we age, we may have more limited physical mobility, which can make it difficult to keep an active social life. Memory loss can also start to impact the ways in which we seek connection with others. As time goes on, we may simply feel less energized to go out and make new friends.
Assisted living homes and community living environments for seniors can make it easy to meet new friends, stay socially active, and keep connected. At Orchard Park, for example, we have social activities for our residents to enjoy each day. Whether it’s a happy hour, a group walk, an art class, or an outing to a local museum, our residents are active and engaged. Really, to us, social health is paramount. We do everything we can to make sure our residents are socially engaged, smiling, and loving life.
Inspiring Your Senior Loved Ones
If you think that community living would benefit your senior loved one, we’d love to talk to you. You can always schedule a time to visit, sit in on our activities, and take the time you need to decide if Orchard Park is the right fit. For questions, please reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!
For families and friends of Orchard Park, stay tuned for next month’s edition of our wonderful community blog!
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