September 8 2017
As the loved ones in your life begin to age, you’ll realize that one of the biggest hurdles they’ll face is socializing. As their friends move to various communities, fall ill, or pass away, it becomes harder for senior citizens to remain connected and active. However, socializing is vital to your loved one’s quality of life as they grow older. Why is it important for senior citizens to remain socially active?
• Purpose in Life – Socializing gives senior citizens something to look forward to when they get out of bed in the morning. Whether that means hearing your voice, seeing their grandchildren, or enjoying lunch with their friends, a smile on their face during social interactions will provide a sense of purpose and belonging. If a senior citizen has lost a spouse, or begins losing friends, this sense of connection is extremely important.
• Improved Health – Loneliness has been proven to drastically deteriorate a senior citizen’s health, both physically and mentally. The love and connection provided from socializing will significantly reduce the feelings of loneliness that are a constant struggle for seniors as they become older. Social interactions will also increase a senior’s cognitive functioning.
• Accountability – Having somewhere to be will help keep senior citizens accountable. If they have nowhere to be, then they have no one to answer to. If they have somewhere to be with someone they care about, they are more likely to leave their home and have an active day.
If you are looking for a sense of community for the senior citizen in your life, consider moving them into a retirement community. Retirement communities are different than nursing homes. Your loved one will be able to maintain an independent lifestyle, providing them with the personal connections needed late in life.