There are many articles and research studies written about how staying social as you age is beneficial to your health. In a recent University of California Berkeley article, one energetic 73-year-old senior said, “The most important thing in a community is having people around to support and engage you. Taking care of each other keeps you alive and healthy.” The article continues on to say that the community in which you live and the social connections that you share is crucial to your health.
Another recent study from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that highly social seniors had a 70 percent lower rate of cognitive decline than their less social peers.
These studies and many others help prove that no matter what health stage of life you are in, being social and having the support of others in your community can help you thrive. Where you live and how you engage is incredibly important, but it is sometimes easier said than done. As the years pass, many people experience health issues that make it harder to communicate or to stay active on a daily basis. So how can you benefit from regular socialization even when you can’t seem to get around like you used to?
Ways to stay social with others:
- Live at a community that encourages a healthy lifestyle no matter what. Studies like the above and extensive research is exactly why Dial Retirement Communities takes the time to offer a wide range of activities and social opportunities for everyone. We know that communication amongst residents is important. Each month, the experts at Dial take the time to analyze ways to keep people happy, social and entertained. It is important to our communities to keep people connected actively and socially as often as we can!
- Find an active hobby that suits your physical needs. There are many hobbies and activities that you might find interesting and they are a great way to socialize with others. Find a common interest with a few people in your community. You might find yourself wrapped up in conversation for hours. The first step is to get out of your home and try.
- A friend is a phone call or click away. When you find yourself having a rough day and want to stay inside your apartment, take some time to reach out or check in with a friend via phone or internet. Social media is a great way to stay connected, but make sure that it is interactive. Social media doesn’t always offer back-and-forth communication. Picking up the phone to chat with an old friend might be the social interaction you need.
- Volunteer to help with an event or activity at your community. Getting involved and simply putting yourself in a social situation will help you feel great. Don’t underestimate the power of relationships. Be sure to choose an activity that you feel comfortable with.
There are many ways to stay social as you age. If you are looking for opportunities, don’t be afraid to ask someone at your retirement community how to get involved. They may even have unique ideas we didn’t share here in this post. Just try to stay social and as active as you can without overextending yourself.
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