Nearly three in ten American seniors live alone or nearly 13.8 million people. This is worrisome because humans are social creatures, and avoidable circumstances like self-imposed isolation or natural occurrences like the death of friends and family can heavily influence a person’s social attitude affecting their mental and physical well-being. At their tender age, it is important senior citizens are encouraged to stay social and engage in senior activities.
At Northfield, we understand the importance of socialization and have programs to keep seniors engaged, active, and social. Reach out to learn more about the many senior living options by calling 844.334.1490. Socialization brings many benefits to enhance the lives of seniors.
Improved Physical Health
Staying social is important for your physical health, especially as an individual increases in age. A large factor for the state of a person’s physical health is stress. Being surrounded by multiple sources of social support can help wipe out stress, such as anxiety and depression, two common conditions that can negatively affect human longevity. The seniors that engage in senior group activities, like exercise, experience frequent social contact, increased livelihoods leading to reduced levels of stress and reduced risks of diseases such as osteoporosis.
Improved Mental Health
According to medical professionals, social interactions can improve mental health. Studies have shown that mental capabilities increased in elderly patients who had regular social contact compared to those with smaller amounts of social contact.
Communicating positively with those around you is also beneficial for relieving anxiety and depression. Sharing what’s on your mind is the best way to air out your concerns and thoughts. Being understood and listened to helps to relieve stress.
Being social is also thought to enhance memory, reducing stress in residents. With better memory, seniors should be able to live a more independent life. Likewise, improved mental health can lead to a happier life overall.
Stepping out of isolation is the literal first step in a longer and healthier life. Socializing is one of the most effective techniques for reducing isolation. Today’s seniors living together in nursing facilities routinely engage in group activities, including exercise, which can help residents live longer and ward off disease and sickness.
Isolation can also lead to emotional downturns. Senior citizens mustn’t be left to spend all of their free time alone because humans are naturally social creatures. Without stimulation, harmful mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and stress may take root.
Promotion of Meaningful Connections
The pursuit of meaningful connections need not be a challenge. Start from your core. Ask yourself the question, what is it that piques your concern or curiosity? Find the organizations and establishments that support your interests and volunteer your time towards a passionate cause. Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, spark meaningful conversation and begin strong and trusting friendships.
Encouragement of Healthy Coping Skills
As you or your loved ones progress into retirement, the light of life can slowly dim. Seniors might retire and face challenges of missing colleagues and work. Also, friends and family members might grow distant, and many inevitably pass away. Being equipped to socialize and cope with life’s tragedies healthily will improve one’s mental and physical well-being.
Discover a Safe, Comfortable Place To Engage in Senior Activities at Northfield
Enrolling in the care of Northfield is exactly that. Care and consideration towards your social, mental, and physical well-being are paramount. These three fundamentals are the intertwining pillars that have helped countless residents in their tender age. Staying social in a supportive community is the healthiest solution to living a fulfilling, satisfying well into your older years.