Community. Camaraderie. Connection. Like other species from the animal kingdom, human beings thrive when we have a pack to run with. Or in the case of seniors, briskly walk.
This social interaction and sense of belonging sometimes referred to as the “proximity effect,” is important at any phase of life, but absolutely critical as we age. In fact, for seniors aging in place alone, the isolation can be devastating, leading to an increase in depression and physical ailments.
Here are a few of the many reasons socializing for seniors is pivotal to mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Social Seniors are Happier
Seniors who are socially active are mentally healthier and enjoy a more positive outlook. Social engagements create a sense of purpose and lower the risk of depression, one of the biggest challenges facing seniors living on their own. Engaging with others gives us a reason to get up in the morning and look forward to the day with excitement.
Socializing Keeps Seniors Active
Social seniors are also more likely to be physically active. Just getting out with others means you are getting off the couch. Joining friends in a workout class at the gym, or becoming part of a regular Physical activity reduces the risk and impact of illness and can have a profound effect on overall health. Friends who inspire you to get moving can literally extend your life.
A community for seniors means never having to feel alone. Now that the kids have flown the coop and there is no more office gang to meet for drinks after work, seniors can feel displaced. Living in a 55+ apartment community comes with a busy schedule of inclusive activities to enjoy with a welcoming community of 55+ peers. You will feel that special sense of belonging before unpacking your boxes.
A Community that Supports Each Other
As seniors face the many challenges of aging it is important – and comforting - to be surrounded by supportive friends and neighbors. Staying socially active with other members of your community and nurturing those relationships means you have people around you who are tuned in and care about what’s happening in your life.
Friends Lower Stress
Discussing our concerns with friends helps us work through issues and see things more clearly as we navigate life’s treacherous terrain. Friends who listen and offer a fresh perspective are invaluable and can actually lower stress and improve mood.
Socially Active Seniors are Smarter
According to a study conducted at the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, seniors who socialize show an increased cognitive function. They tend to perform better on cognitive tests than those who had less social activity. The study confirmed that the best interactions are those that involve give and take as well as trying new adventures together. It also concluded that meaningful relationships and social events helped stave off dementia.
Be Social. Live Longer
The math is simple. Interact with others and live longer. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that older adults who are socially active tend also to be physically active, which can add years to a person’s life.
Overture’s premier active adult communities offer 55+ apartment living designed to promote that spirit of community so vital to wellness. Book a tour of the community of your choice today. The proximity effect means whichever community you choose will be a perfect fit. Your pack is waiting for you.