While there is a lot of advice out there about how to stay healthy as we age, the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships is often overlooked. According to The University of Michigan’s
National Poll on Healthy Aging, more than a third of seniors surveyed said they sometimes experience a lack of companionship, with many also acknowledging feelings of isolation.
Establishing positive social relationships with friends and family is vital to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. No matter what stage of life you are in, devoted friendships can have a real impact on overall quality of life and health. In fact, research suggests adults who remain socially active as they age often experience more mental stimulation and even increased physical activity, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.While regular social interaction is beneficial at any age, research has shown older adults are particularly receptive to the positive effects of spending time with family and friends. Family members and friends can increase these interactions as easily as calling an older loved one more regularly or
getting together for a weekly meal.Additionally, there are countless ways for seniors themselves to remain socially active and create new friendships later in life.
Tips for Seniors to Stay Socially Active
There are many ways older adults can form meaningful connections with others, whether through joining a club, finding a new hobby or attending a class. Find something you enjoy that allows you to create new relationships and maintain current ones. These connections can help everyone, especially seniors, on the path to a happy and healthy life.
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