Benefits of Maintaining Social Interaction in Your Senior Years
Published on October 22, 2018
Exactly how important is social interaction in your senior years? While there is heavy focus on supporting the social engagement of youth, it’s no surprise that adults also thrive in environments where they can make meaningful social connections. Maintaining social interaction into late adulthood has a significant impact on a person’s overall health and well-being and provides a variety of benefits during such an important stage of life. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of maintaining social interaction in your senior years.
Improves Physical and Mental Health
A healthy level of social interaction supports physical and mental health in seniors. Socialization reduces stress levels, helps improve the immune system, and encourages a more active lifestyle. From weekly coffee dates to recreational sports, quality time in a community fights off depression, brings value to your life, and helps you manage negative thoughts and loneliness. One of the most surprising benefits of social engagement is that is also reduces the risk of age-related memory loss and improves cognitive function.
Establishes a Sense of Belonging
Being part of a community helps all of us feel like we belong and that we have a purpose. Oftentimes, seniors may lose touch with their friends and feel distanced from their relatives, especially when living on their own. An active social life provides seniors with people to see, places to go, and things to do each day, which helps them wake up with excitement and motivation. Cultivating strong relationships establishes a sense of fulfillment and reminds them that life is worth living.
As people age, simple tasks can become difficult for them to perform and seniors may need more assistance than ever before. And that’s okay! The more seniors socialize and participate in activities with others in a trusted community—whether it be with other seniors or with friends of different ages—the better their self-esteem will be. Being a part of a community and realizing their purpose and value can help them feel more confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Find Value in Our Social Communities
Finding the right retirement community can be a challenging process. Many communities for seniors promise a social lifestyle, yet residents still feel forgotten and alone. That’s why V!VA Retirement Communities strives to keep its word. It’s more than a place to live; it’s a place where Community Members can build lasting friendships and enjoy a creative and trustworthy atmosphere to live, love, and laugh.
As one of the few strong and successful privately-owned and independent developers in the senior living field, V!VA Retirement Communities provides exceptional services to its Community Members. These services include dining by Red Seal chefs, fitness, recreation, and more. Our goal is to provide our Community Members with a relaxed, comfortable, and personal environment, similar to luxury condominium living. Our options include independent living, assisted living, and respite care for seniors. We have six operating locations, including Barrhaven, Mississauga, Pickering, Thornhill Woods, Meadowlands in Ancaster, and Waterside in Carleton Place, with two others under construction in Oakville and Whitby.
To learn more about our retirement living options and to find out if V!VA Retirement Communities is right for you or your loved one, visit our web site, e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-984-8482.