As adults age, it’s common to spend more time alone and less time engaging in social situations. A diminishing social life can lead to social isolation, which presents dangerous health risks. Social isolation can lead to poor emotional health and depression, high blood pressure, decreased physical health, and a decreased sense of well-being. The benefits of socialization in older adults includes:
- Stress reduction. Having social opportunities may alleviate stress for older adults. Social opportunities with family and friends are also enjoyable times that allow older adults a chance to relax and have fun.
- Enhanced mental health. Interaction with others helps people feel connected and needed. These feelings help older adults maintain a positive outlook on life and encourage them to take on the day. It also helps keep the brain sharp- to continue learning.
- Sense of belonging and better self-esteem. Spending time with those who have similar interests enhances feelings of belonging. In addition, socializing gives seniors the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to their community while boosting their self-confidence.
- Improved physical health. Having a positive mindset helps our bodies produce chemicals that boost the immune system. Not only can healthy social interactions stimulate a positive outlook, they can provide added benefits if physical activity is included as well, such as walking through the park, gardening, or shopping. These physical benefits can lead to lower blood pressure, decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, and reduced risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Socialization provides reasons for older adults to stay well and helps foster a positive state of mind.
- Purposeful living. Having somewhere to go, something meaningful to do, or people to see is a daily emotional motivator. Overall, cultivating strong relationships and spending quality time with friends and family reminds us why life is worth living.
One of the most valuable benefits of senior living over living alone is the wealth of daily socialization opportunities and the sense of community they provide. At Peachtree Senior Living, there are a variety of social activities and amenities for residents to enjoy with others. Whether it be shopping, outings, game nights, arts and crafts, wellness and fitness classes, movie nights, or simply shared meals, there is always an opportunity to socialize and cultivate new relationships for a fulfilling and enjoyable life. Overall, the benefits of socialization lead to a better quality of life for older adults.
-Karen Catete, Executive Director, Peachtree Senior Living
Learn more about Peachtree Senior Living, Independent and Assisted Living, by calling 205-790-1469 and visiting www.peachtree-living.com