Compared to people who don’t have a particularly close group of friends, those who do tend to live longer. Granted, particularly in adulthood, the creation, nurturing, and maintaining of friendships can be difficult. But the possible pressure that can go along with new relationship fostering is often outweighed by the health benefits experienced.
Here, we will explore the numerous advantages of friendship – particularly for those over 60 years of age. There are four, in particular, we will focus on including the following:
- Being more active
- Navigating trauma
- Cognitive ability boosts
- Less loneliness
Having Friends Means Being More Active
More often than not, if you have a group of friends, you will do things together. Frequently, your activities will be physical. You might be taking walks, playing golf, dancing, going fishing, playing a game of croquet, etc. You’re actually getting exercise while you’re enjoying yourself – but it doesn’t feel like exercise. All you know is you’re having fun and enjoying the company of others.
Friends Can Help You Navigate Trauma
Whether it’s small or big, trauma is experienced by everyone. To help navigate things like divorce, grief, loss, illness, etc., it never hurts to have a friend or two around. They can and will help you cope and encourage healing, particularly if they’ve experienced something similar themselves.
Friends Can Help Improve Cognitive Ability
When it comes to retirement age individuals and older, one of the most crucial benefits of friendship is the fact it can increase cognitive ability. In a variety of cognitive functions, the brain is stimulated when you interact socially with others. As an example, communication skills are an important aspect of a good relationship. When you talk to your friends, it helps keep your communication skills sharp.
Friends Can Decrease Feelings of Loneliness
Especially among those in their golden years, a common feeling (unfortunately) tends to be loneliness. Even in a retirement community, it’s still possible for someone to feel lonesome.
Fact: Television is the main form of company for millions of retirement age individuals.
On both a person’s awareness and mental health, a huge impact can be experienced by loneliness – and not for the better. Live longer and happier with a handful of friends around you.
Our Independent Living Community Provides Endless Opportunities for Socialization and Friendship
At our retirement community, courtesy of our Celebrations Activities and Events program, you will have numerous opportunities during which to make new friends. The lifestyle here provides a vast array of activities and events coordinated by our dedicated Director of Activities. From wellness center exercise classes to crafts, games, and more, there’s always something to do. You will have the opportunity every day to explore a new pursuit and socialize with your neighbors.
Retirement community living has never been more enjoyable or offered so many resort-like amenities.
If you have any inquiries regarding sales and leasing, please phone us at 813-358-1747. All other questions can be referred to at 813-642-0860. You can also fill out our convenient online form to open the lines of communication. The best way to experience all we have to offer, however, is to schedule a tour.
Please contact us today – we look forward to meeting you.