Social support can play a significant role in overall health as people age. Spending time with friends and family members can boost quality of life, including both physical and mental health.
For seniors, developing various positive sources of social support can improve memory.
Socialization may improve memory and longevity as it reduces stress and isolation. Many seniors participate in group exercise classes, which can lessen the risk of a variety of chronic health problems while being social.
In addition, consistent social interactions can reduce stress and ward off anxiety and depression.
For retired people, connections can decline due to reduced contact with former work colleagues, the deaths of friends and family members, and loved ones moving away. The loss of social contacts can have a direct impact on mental and physical well-being.
What Steps Can I Take?
Social interaction can improve by getting involved in community organizations like senior centers, starting a new hobby or volunteering.
Senior living communities provide a variety of activities to spend time around other people, including exercise classes, meals and events.
If you’ve had friends and family move away, consider creating a Facebook profile to engage with friends from your past. Check out these steps to get started.