For many older adults, the opportunities for social activities often diminish along with health and energy. A lack of connection with others can lead to poor emotional health, high blood pressure and a decline in physical health, making socialization just as important as any other facet of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to combating the negative effects of isolation, seniors who enjoy an active social life experience an array of benefits that help to enhance their overall well-being. Key benefits include:
1. Enhanced Mental Health
Isolation is one of the leading causes of depression in seniors. On the other hand, socialization can help older adults feel loved and needed, as their lives are affirmed by the activities they do and by those with whom they interact. Being around other people, especially if you’re doing something rewarding, helps us keep a positive outlook on life.
2. Sense of Belonging
Enjoying the company of others who have similar personalities or interests helps us feel like we belong somewhere. For those who may have lost a spouse or a close friend, the need to belong may be more intense.
3. Better Self-Esteem
Self-esteem can plummet for those who are alone too often or those who have trouble doing as much as they used to. The more seniors socialize or participate in activities with others, the more they benefit by feeling like they contribute to their community.
4. Improved Physical Health
When we have good conversations or do things we love with others, our bodies release health-promoting chemicals that boost the immune system to ward off illness and make us feel physically well. Also, socializing promotes an active lifestyle and better nutritional intake.
5. Increased Cognitive Functioning
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, socialization is key to keeping the brain sharp as we age. Having an active social life encourages us to continue learning, observing and responding to the world around us. Conversation and activity are great for exercising the mind and can potentially lower the risk of the onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
No matter what our age, we are more likely to keep ourselves well if we have people holding us accountable. Seniors are less likely to develop habits of declining self-care if they’re around others they care about. Socialization creates reasons to stay well and helps foster a positive state of mind.
7. Purposeful Living
Staying social benefits seniors by helping them feel that their lives still have purpose. Having somewhere to go, something meaningful to do or people to see helps us get out of bed, excited to face the day. When we cultivate strong relationships with others, we gain a sense of fulfillment, and spending quality time with those we love reminds us that life is worthwhile.
The Art of Living
At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, we’ve mastered the art of living. We’ve perfected the balance of personalized support and an uplifting lifestyle, helping our residents experience independence, joy and meaning every day.
Offering supportive independent living, assisted living and memory care services for families in Venice, Florida, Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay was founded with one simple, yet profound goal – to create a community worthy of our parents. In all we do, we are guided by the principles of family, culture and engagement, working to represent the remarkable way of life our families deserve.
The essence of our community is made up not only of mere aesthetics, but an artfully designed lifestyle to bring out the best of what each day has to offer. From dedicated care that respects residents’ individuality and dignity to a lifestyle that nurtures their love of life, Tuscan Gardens was built to be more than just a residence, but a place to call home.
To learn more about our comfortable, elegant community, contact us today!