Socialization for the elderly can be difficult. Most are not as active as they once were. They find themselves offering rain checks for gatherings, they make excuses, don’t show up, etc. Unfortunately, there can be serious consequences for both their mental and physical health as a result of social avoidance.
There may come a time in your parent’s or grandparent’s lives when moving to an independent living community or an assisted living community is the best step. Here, there will be a multitude of opportunities for socialization. From dances to game nights, to outings, and more, the social calendars at today’s retirement-style homes are filled with events.
Let’s take a look at why socialization for retirees is so crucial.
Depression Rates Are Lowered
The rate of depression can be lowered for a person who socializes regularly.
Among today’s retirement age adults, one of the most common mental health problems is depression. Too many individuals isolate themselves and end up feeling guilt, loneliness, and more – which leads to depression. Some of the symptoms involved here include the following:
Socialization provides opportunities to be stimulated, laugh, converse, and learn.
Help Prevent Dementia and Improve Memory
Dementia may be fended off, and memory improved, through socialization. The older a person gets, the more important it becomes that their brain is engaged and stimulated. By exercising their brains in various manners, better cognitive function can be maintained. Socializing with other people promotes this.
By an astounding 12%, the risk of dementia may increase if older adults are not socializing enough.
Healthier and Happier Individuals
Both physical energy and health can be boosted through socialization. Studies have proven that high blood pressure has a direct link with lower social activity. Additionally, the rate of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and chances for osteoporosis may also be lessened courtesy of social interaction.
In general, people are simply happier when they experience social interaction (in most cases). Adults have greater self-esteem, longer lifespans, and are less stressed when, rather than being isolated, they are physically and socially active.
Opportunities for Socialization
If your loved one already lives in an assisted living community or independent living community, there are plenty of opportunities for socialization. If they don’t, here are some suggestions:
Socialize in Style at Aston Gardens At The Courtyards
At Aston Gardens At The Courtyards, our exclusive programs for retirement living include the following:
All with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
As you can see, there are ample opportunities for socialization, making new friends, and more.
If you have questions or, even better, would like to schedule a tour, please contact us.