Learning something new or meeting new people and getting to know them are great ways to keep your mind sharp. Physical benefits such as warding off dementia and depression, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risks of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, are added benefits, all related to staying socially active.
Many seniors, whether they live alone or not, might not be presented with opportunities to stay socially active, consequently not exposed to the health advantages of regular social engagement. Some surprising and important health benefits are associated with staying socially active in retirement:
- Social engagement has been shown to deter depression and anxiety. Why? Because enjoyment triggers the brain to release feel-good chemicals that can ward-off mental illnesses.
- Regular interaction can help keep your mind sharp, which may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A study from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that highly social seniors had a 70 percent lower rate of cognitive decline than their less social peers. (McCoy, “How to Stay Socially Engaged as You Age”, everydayhealth.com.)
- Participating in group activities is a fantastic way to stay social. Fitness classes are doubly beneficial as they create opportunities to connect with others, as well as help reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. Additionally, staying active gives the immune system a boost as it wards off illness. At Edgeworth Park at New Town, a senior living community located in Williamsburg, Virginia, residents can participate in an array of group fitness classes in their state-of-the art fitness studio. If the great outdoors is preferred, Edgeworth Park features beautiful walking trails that can be enjoyed with a friend.
- Cultivating relationships, whether it be with friends, family or neighbors, is not only a rewarding way to be more socially connected, it actually results in intellectual stimulation. Below are some additional suggestions on how to be more socially active.
- Check your senior living community’s schedule for activities that interest you!
- Play brain games with a friend, like word games, Sudoku, chess, or Bridge.
- Find a fitness center that offers group exercise classes that interest you.
- If you like kids and are able, help your children or grandchildren with childcare.
- Social media networks like Facebook or Instagram help you stay engaged when connecting in person isn’t an option.
- Sign up with friends or family to take a class and learn a new language or skill. Better yet, attend classes alone and meet new friends!
- Pursue a passion or try a new hobby that you’ve been too busy to devote time to in the past. For instance, Edgeworth Park boasts raised garden beds for those green-thumb enthusiasts, or anyone who is interested in giving it a try.
- Get a part-time job or volunteer at your favorite organization.
- Join (or start) a club centered on something you already enjoy or have an interest in — like music, reading, cooking, finance or art — and attend regular meetings.
Edgeworth Park at New Town, a senior living community located in Williamsburg, Virginia, offers residents many opportunities to stay engaged at regularly scheduled social events and gatherings. Residents can set aside the responsibilities of homeownership and enjoy resort-style, maintenance-free living.
Learn more about how our residents stay social, and come visit to explore our beautiful campus and amenities!
For more information, reach out to our team via our Contact Us page or call 866-568-9206 today!