August 17 2018
Social isolation is something that many overlook when it comes to seniors. A common misconception is that senior citizens have reaped all of the rewards of social interaction already and that in their golden years frequent social interaction isn’t as important. What they don’t realize is that a lack of socialization can have both negative physical and mental effects on seniors, making quality social interaction more important than ever. Retirement community living brings huge social benefits to senior citizens, connecting seniors with one another in ways that allow them to enjoy their lives to the fullest. The 5 big benefits of socialization for senior citizens are:
1. Better mental health – One of the leading causes of depression in senior citizens is social isolation, and frequent social interaction helps to stave off depression and keep seniors positive. A positive mental state leads to better overall health.
2. Better cognitive function – For many seniors, keeping sharp is a priority, and social interaction helps to improve cognitive ability in a big way. An active social life encourages seniors to observe and respond, giving them a mental workout through having fun.
3. Better physical health – While it’s easy to see how quality social interaction can have mental health benefits, it surprises some to hear of the physical benefits that come along with it as well. When we enjoy ourselves, our body responds by releasing feel-good hormones, boosting our immune systems and helping us to feel better overall. When social interaction puts senior citizens in good spirits, it helps to make them physically and mentally stronger.
4. Increased accountability – When we feel as though there is no one out there caring for us or looking out for us, we’re less likely to take care of ourselves. With regular socialization, senior citizens make and keep these worthwhile connections, which in turn keeps up their accountability and want for self-care.
5. Living with a purpose – For senior citizens that may not have a spouse, children, siblings, or anyone to see or any place to go, it can be difficult to feel as though they’re still living with some kind of purpose. Regular socialization in a retirement community naturally builds these social connections, giving them a real sense of purpose and newfound joy in their lives.