At Legacy House, we’re proud to preside over an assisted living center that provides numerous social opportunities for all our guests. Our senior living services include numerous social and community-wide programs, and residents are encouraged to broaden their social horizons whenever possible.
This is not only to improve day-to-day life for a senior, either – being social can also have significant health benefits, particularly for older adults. Whether you’re a senior looking to increase your social time or a caregiver looking to help in this same area, here are some basics behind the connections between friendship and health, plus how you can become more social in a healthy way.
For many healthcare professionals, “blue zones” are names for regions of the world where people live the longest on average. You’ll find several broad characteristics of people in these blue zones, and a major one here is people who make a priority out of things like family time and friendships.
People in this category generally have lower risks of depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and numerous other conditions that can often affect seniors. On the flip side, more isolated adults are at higher risk for earlier mortality.
Around retirement age, changes often occur to a given senior social network. Some people drift away from work friends or have less in common with those they stay in touch with, and others relocate and lose friendships with neighbors. Here are some tips for helping re-expand this network:
In many cases, senior living facilities are perfect for the kinds of social gaps that sometimes appear for seniors. At Legacy House, we have numerous programs where seniors can connect and build long-term friendships, all with people who live in the same facility as them. The move to such a facility is often brought on in large part by a desire for a changing social atmosphere, in fact.