Social isolation is a common problem among those in their golden years, particularly among seniors who still live at home, rather than in assisted living locations. Social isolation can occur because seniors are no longer able to transport themselves around their communities, their family members move away, or their friends have passed on. Fortunately, there are a number of ways seniors can become more socially active, such as by participating in group activities at an assisted living location. Social interaction offers a range of benefits for seniors, including the following.
Enhanced Cognitive Health
In recent years, many researchers have noted that the ever-increasing rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. will reach epidemic proportions. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, which robs a person of his or her memory, intellectual abilities, and more. Social interaction stimulates the brain and can help preserve cognitive function. In an individual who has not yet been diagnosed with dementia, social interaction can reduce the risk of developing it. In an individual who has been diagnosed, social interaction can slow the rate of cognitive decline.
Improved Emotional Wellness
Social isolation can exact a heavy burden on an individual’s emotional health. Seniors are often at an increased risk of becoming depressed and lonely, particularly when they live by themselves. Seniors who participate in shared activities can enjoy improved emotional wellness. Going for a walk with a friend or baking a favorite recipe with a family member can lift the spirits.
Better Physical Health
Although it might seem as though social interaction would offer only cognitive and emotional benefits, in fact, it also provides a range of physical benefits. Researchers believe that seniors who remain socially active have a reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure. Social interaction may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The comfortable accommodations available at Avalon Residential Care Homes make it easy for seniors to make new friends. Your loved one can stay socially active with our full calendar of fun activities, designed to delay cognitive decline. Families in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas are invited to schedule a visit to our assisted living locations by calling (888) 546-7432.