Seniors have a much lower energy level relative to when they were younger, and this oftentimes limits them from going out and socializing.
Several studies indicate that social interaction is strongly correlated to health and well-being in older adults. Social isolation constitutes a major risk factor for high blood pressure, depression, and cognitive decline. Here’s why it’s important for seniors to be socially engaged:
Positive relationships improves physical health. Social interaction in older adults showed lower levels of interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some forms of cancer.
Frequent social interaction also improves a senior’s cognitive function and mental health. According to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), seniors who have supportive relationships with friends and family are less likely to fall victim to mental illnesses, such as depression. Moreover, a large social network reduces the risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment.
Another benefit of social interaction is safety. Mobility decreases as people age and performing activities of daily living can be difficult for seniors who live alone. By being around others, they’re more likely to live safely. Not only can someone help them if they have a bad fall, their community, whether paid assistance, family members, or friends, can do something.
Receive hands-on care, interact with the community, and enjoy social activities by moving in assisted living homes.
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