Moving, illness, retirement and the changing cultures of neighborhoods are major factors in life style changes. Staying socially active is important both physically and mentally.
According to the National Institute on Aging, social interaction is integral to staying healthy as you age. Studies on remaining social and healthy in the elderly have shown these correlations:
- Lower levels of interlukin-6, an inflammatory marker that is related to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and arthritis, are found in socially active seniors
- Lower risk factors for morbidity and high blood pressure
- Socially active seniors tend to eat better and be more physically active
A full social life not only helps you stay healthier but also improves quality of life. It is vital to avoid isolation as this may lead to depression. Staying social begins with the individual person. Each of us need to find ways to connect with others outside our circles of family and friends. Here are some tips to help find ways to interact with others who also want to improve their social lifestyles.
Try New Activities
Enrolling in a class piquing your curiosity is a great start to learning a new adventure and also meeting people with similar interests. Many options are available in adult learning classes. Senior centers, colleges, churches and retirement communities are only a few places offering a wide variety of choices to enjoy plus meeting new people. Activities to consider:
- Art, music or cooking
- Day trips to museums, shopping centers and theaters
- Sports such as golf, tennis or swimming
- Academic classes for adult learning: computers, a new language, bocci ball and pickle ball
- Book clubs
- Volunteering or being a docent
You are never too old to learn something new or make a new acquaintance. Taking the initiative to sign up for a class or group event is the first step toward making new connections and broadening your social circle.
Enjoy Social Media
While it is not the same as interacting with others in person social media presents an opportunity to connect with others quickly and easily. Interacting on Facebook or other social media platforms is no longer the challenge it once was. Computers are much more affordable and tablets start at a lower price. A quick tutorial from a family member may be all you need to start locating friends on line. You are able to connect with family members and acquaintances across the globe and keep up current with their lives. Interact daily with others and even get a chuckle or two from the various posts coming your way. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a funny cat video or other silly pictures?
Join a Retirement Community
You could soon feel isolated if depending on others for your social interactions. Join groups or choose to live around others who also recognize the need for remaining active. Retirement communities are an excellent place to find new opportunities for events, groups and friendships.
Some people hesitate to explore retirement communities and often have a preconceived notion of the amenities Senior Living Communities offer. Seniors should not be surprised how enjoyable the benefits of living are when with peers. Many retirement communities are equipped with classrooms, lounges, walking trails and transportation for scheduled outings. Socializing is much easier when others your age are nearby who are eager to go out and enjoy life to the fullest.
If you are ready to find a retirement community to enjoy a better quality of life, Bridge to Better Living® will help. Our Transition Consultants work to match you with the community best fitting your lifestyle. Begin living a more interactive social life and enjoying a healthier, happier retirement. Contact Bridge to Better Living® today.