Many studies conducted have shown that isolation can significantly affect the mental and physical health of an individual advancing in age. Hence, it is important for them to socialize and take part in activities to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Here at Aston Gardens At Parkland Commons, we ensure that residents get ample time and planned activities to socialize with one another and stay active. Read on to find out more about the benefits of socialization for their health!
Better Mental Health
One of the biggest causes of depression is feeling isolated, which can evoke feelings of worthlessness and despair. When your loved ones socialize, they get to make friends, allowing them to feel valued and loved as the people they spend time with affirm their sense of worth. Hence, socialization and spending time with others can help to promote mental health.
Enhanced Quality of Life
A lot of health issues that your loved ones face have been linked to loneliness. As they stay social, it can help to improve their quality of life by ensuring that loneliness does not become a significant risk factor. Furthermore, socialization can help them to live purposefully, and allow them to have something to look forward to. This gives them a greater sense of fulfillment when spending time with the people they care about reminding them that life is fulfilling and worth it.
Stimulates the Brain
Research has also shown that talking to other people helps to improve cognitive function. Conversations and games with others help to stimulate the mind, keeping the mind active. Some games that they can engage in to keep their minds agile include puzzle games and card games. Playing games with others can also help with relationship building.
Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem
As they age, it is common for their self-esteem to decline, especially if your loved ones face a lot of difficulties in getting daily activities done as they used to. It is easy for them to feel frustrated or embarrassed about themselves when they face trouble doing things they had no problem doing before. However, when they socialize and participate in activities with others that experience the same thing, it helps them feel a sense of belonging and that their problems are not exclusive to them. This helps to build confidence in them as they start to understand that even with age, their most important personality traits and talents do not disappear.
When your loved ones socialize and start to develop their own circle of friends, their social circle starts playing a part in ensuring that they are taking good care of themselves. When someone is in isolation, it is easy for them to slip into a pattern of bad habits and inadequate self-care. With a group of friends, it helps ensure they are keeping up with prioritizing their mental and physical health.
Here at Aston Gardens At Parkland Commons, we do our best to ensure that residents keep a healthy and social lifestyle. If you would like to find out more about what we have to offer you with our senior living options and amenities, feel free to contact us to find out more today.