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The Importance of Socializing for Seniors

Are you or someone you know avoiding social situations more lately?  Has the pandemic set a new pattern of isolation or anxiety?  Do the activities once enjoyed now seem like too much effort?

For Seniors, social isolation may be more prevalent as aging, mobility issues and change in routine can lead to staying home more often. This article will discuss the benefits of socializing and keeping connected. Maintaining relationships and spending time with others is essential to a senior’s emotional and mental well-being. Social interaction for seniors is important as it can help prevent depression, which is prevalent among seniors. In fact, some studies indicate 20% of the population over 70 years of age suffer from depression. There are many causes, but it’s often made worse by the fact that people who were once active now spend much of their time alone.

Engaging in activities such as card games, painting, crafts, book club, exercise programs and many other offerings are encouraged.  Showing up is 50% of getting started! Often once involved in an outing, meeting others and trying a new skill brings the courage to keep participating. Perfection is not expected!

Improving brain health and memory as well as physical health is often at the forefront of senior’s worries. Below are 8 brain-health tips for a healthier you as referenced by the Mayo Clinic.

Work Up a Sweat

Protect Your Head

Take Care of Your Health

Meet up With Friends

Get a Good Night's Rest

Make a Salad

Challenge Your Brain

Be Careful With Medicines and Limit Alcohol

Spending time with others is essential to a senior’s mental and emotional health. It also impacts their physical well-being. It is important for seniors and their family members to encourage more social interaction, even if they have limited mobility and can’t enjoy the same events and friendships they once did.

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