If you are concerned about your mental health as you get older, you might consider indulging in more social activities to help you reconnect with the community around you. A lack of social experiences is a common problem for older adults, but without the warm comfort of friends and family, you may be more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and physical illnesses that may shorten your life expectancy. Below is a more detailed look at the ways that socializing will benefit you as you get older.
Reduced dementia risk
Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia may be prevented with social activities, which promote brain health and memory. Physical activity is another important factor in delaying the onset of dementia, so you might explore social avenues like exercise classes that will keep you emotionally and physically engaged.
Better quality of life
When you have a group of friends to stay active with, you will have a much more fulfilling weekly schedule that will lift your mood. A more positive mood can have a number of beneficial effects including a lower risk for depression, reduction in your blood pressure, and fewer health complications overall.
Social engagements will fill up your calendar with more activities that will promote better habits in personal care and hygiene. Plus, you will have opportunities to get out into the sun for a daily dose of vitamin D.
The Lakes at Waterford promotes healthy social activities for senior residents who enjoy maintenance-free living in Aurora, Ill. With exercise classes, daily high tea, discussion groups, social gatherings, recreation and meal outings, you can take part in an active lifestyle throughout your retirement. To learn more about living at The Lakes, call 630-585-8047.