Benefits of Physical Activity
Most people are aware of the many benefits of physical activity, but often forget about the benefits of social activity. Although physical activity is still a critical part in your seniors' day to day life, interacting with others is just as important to their health.
Many seniors may lose their daily social activities as they age due to various reasons such as mobility issues or family members and friends moving away. However, it's important that a senior maintains an active social life both for their mental and physical wellbeing.
Learn more about the different ways social activity can enhance your senior's day-to-day life!
1. Enhanced Mental Health
Interactions with friends and family can help maintain good mental health. Positive contact with other people can reduce stress and even slow down cognitive decline!
2. Improved Nutrition
Some seniors may skip meals or opt for a quick, unhealthy snack instead of cooking. Being social and enjoying meals with others can improve seniors' chances of eating regularly and consuming nutritious foods.
3. Improved Quality of Life
Social activities can give a person a sense of belonging. When a senior is having fun, receiving, and offering support, and enjoying the company of others, they tend to have a reduced risk of depression and an increased appreciation for life!
4. Better Physical Health
Socialization can also improve seniors' physical health. There are a variety of activities that are fun to enjoy with another person or a group. Simple activities such as taking a walk, going to a park, or going fishing are wonderful ways your senior can stay social.
5. Longer Life Span
Seniors can increase their life span by socializing regularly, as the combination of physical and mental benefits can ultimately lead to a longer and happier life!
As a caregiver, it's critical to incorporate social activities into your loved one's daily routine. There are many ways a senior can get involved, such as joining a club or group, attending church services, volunteering in the community, taking an online class and learning a new skill, or reaching out to old friends for coffee.
At Evergreen Senior Living, we focus on socialization for all our residents in both our supportive living and memory care communities. Take a tour to learn more about how Evergreen Senior Living implements social activities into our seniors' daily routine!