When a senior joins an independent or assisted living community, they gain more than just a new living situation. Socializing can do a lot for us as we age. For most children and young adults, social interaction comes easy and feels natural. With age, making friends and building relationships with other people tends to get harder and harder. This can be because of busy schedules, declining health, mobility limitations or lack of energy. But good socialization later in life is just as important as meeting physical needs. In this post, we summarize the five ways socialization benefits older adults, originally posted on Traditions Senior Living.
- Sense of Belonging – Socialization among older adults creates a sense of belonging. This is important at all stages of life, but especially later in life. When time is spent with other people who have been through similar life-experiences, such as the loss of a spouse, losing independence, or even having similar medical struggles, senior adults find support in newly cultivated friendships resulting in long-lasting bonds.
- Increased Self-Esteem – Studies show that social support should contain quality activities that promote positive self-awareness. Socialization among older people creates increased self-esteem when they feel part of a community by participating in activities and events with friends and family.
- Accountability and Encouragement – Accountability from a friend or family member provides great motivation to maintain our well being. Socialization among older adults helps guard against bad habits that could have negative effects on health.
- Reduced Stress and Less Anxiety – Socialization provides huge benefits for older adults by reducing stress and anxiety. Having a wide variety of social outlets contributes to psychological wellness by defeating problems such as depression and anxiety.
- Supports Brain Health – Studies show that social interaction supports brain health and may even possibly delay the onset of dementia. Although researchers are not sure how socialization exactly affects the brain, it is known that huge positive effects have been seen among the more socially engaged.
Socializing with the community is a vital part of every day life at Peachtree Senior Living. To hear more about specific events and socialization opportunities for our residents, complete a contact form or call us at (205) 655-1999.