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Why Is Socializing So Important for Aging Adults?

Why Is Socializing So Important for Aging Adults?

More than any other age group, aging adults tend to feel lonely and isolated. Many live alone, and their friends, spouses, and other contemporaries may have moved or passed away. They’ve most likely retired from their jobs, and their children are grown and out of the home.

Loneliness can lead to some serious health concerns. If your senior loved one seems isolated, you may want to consider finding more ways for him or her to socialize. Here are a few of the key reasons aging adults should socialize regularly.

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Prevents Depression

It’s estimated that more than 7 million aging adults in the U.S. experience depression, which can lead to poor physical health. Loneliness is often a contributing factor. Studies have shown participating in regular social activities can have the same mood-boosting effects on the body as exercise.

Aging adults who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Modern Day Home Health Care Home Care is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Reduces the Risk of Dementia

Another common mental health concern for seniors is dementia. While there’s no definite way to prevent dementia, socialization may keep it at bay. Socializing helps seniors keep their brains engaged as they interact with other people.

Boosts Physical Health

Seniors who socialize regularly are often in better physical health for several reasons. Having a good time with friends and loved ones usually means plenty of smiling and laughing, which can lower blood pressure and keep the effects of stress at bay.

Interacting with others can also boost the immune system. Aging adults who socialize often tend to eat healthier than those who stay at home alone. Socializing can also boost physical health if your loved one participates in group activities like golf, tennis, or walking.

In many cases, maintaining an active social network can be enough to ward off several diseases. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for aging adults to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional care workers. Aging adults can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing and transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.

Enhances Self-Esteem

One effect of being socially isolated, especially for older people, is losing the sense of importance, which can lead to an overall lack of self-esteem. However, seniors who spend time with friends and family members can regain their confidence and once again feel as if they’re valuable members of society

Ways to Encourage Your Senior Loved One to Socialize

If your loved one lives in isolation, there are some things you can do to help him or her spend more time in social situations, including:

  • Encouraging friends and family to visit more often

  • Including your loved one in family activities like vacations and trips to restaurants

  • Helping him or her find a hobby

  • Encouraging him or her to volunteer

  • Helping him or her find a part-time job

  • Teaching him or her how to use social media

  • Encouraging him or her to begin dating again if he or she is divorced or widowed

  • Finding a local senior or community center that offers activities for older adults

For many families it can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Modern Day Home Health Care we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of their home.

How to Find Opportunities for Socialization

Some aging adults face notable obstacles when trying to socialize or find social support. Chronic pain, limited mobility, and medical problems can make it hard to get out of the house and meet up with friends, family, or community members. Older adults with chronic health conditions might spend a lot of time at doctor appointments, which could stop them from seeing their loved ones often enough. Also, when you don’t feel well, you simply might not feel up to socializing. Seniors are more likely to live alone, too, which greatly reduces the amount of socialization they get in day-to-day life. If you’ve lost your spouse and your children have grown up and moved out of the house, you may not have as many opportunities for meaningful communication with others. A lack of socialization or social support can be devastating for aging adults however, the key is to be active in your search for connection. You probably won’t stumble upon a close friendship without actively looking for one, and you might not see your family often enough without intentionally making time for it. Maintaining relationships requires work, but the benefits of senior socialization are well worth the effort.

Sometimes, increasing socialization involves spending more time with your family and current friends. If you already feel fulfilled with the relationships in your life, you can meet your socialization needs by spending plenty of quality time with these people. Other times, seniors want to look for new opportunities for social connection. Fortunately, there are plenty of social support networks for older adults. Here are some of the best resources for senior socialization: • Events at a local senior center • Volunteer organizations • Adult education classes • Senior fitness classes • Senior living communities • Churches and other religious organizations • Social media Your social well-being is just as important as your physical and mental health. Socialization reduces stress, improves your quality of life, adds variety to your day, and prevents cognitive decline. You may have to go out of your comfort zone to find opportunities for socialization, but connecting with people in your community is an incredibly valuable experience.

For further information about our services regarding socialization for aging adults and other professional care services, contact Modern Day Home Health Care at 778-539-5300 or check out our website: www.moderndayhomehealthcare.com

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