Activities for Seniors | June 16, 2022
Social wellness and it benefits to seniors | When it comes to feeling our happiest and healthiest, two of the most significant factors are undoubtedly physical and mental wellbeing. There’s no question that staying fit, following a healthy diet, and keeping the brain sharp, are pivotal in shaping the way we live our lives.
But what about social wellness? Often described as one’s ability to communicate and maintain meaningful relationships with others, social wellness is just as vital as physical and mental wellness, and requires the same level of maintenance. As we age, it’s especially important that we foster positive social engagement to not only safeguard against isolation, but to also improve various aspects of our physical health.
According to Statistics Canada, over 24.6% of the Canadian population, 65 and over live alone.Canada’s Guide to Retirement Living and Care
Let’s face it, almost every aspect of life changes as we reach our senior years. Children may move away, friends and family may pass away, and certain health conditions may make it harder to fully enjoy the things we love doing. And as these changes occur, it’s important that we talk about them. Without a support system of friends and family in place, many of life’s events can slowly begin to take their toll on us and potentially lead to a downward spiral of loneliness, isolation, and even major depression. But by nurturing current relationships and taking steps to build new ones, seniors can create a reliable network that allows them to learn new skills, view things from different perspectives, and see how others effectively manage the challenges of aging.
Did You Know?: Socially active seniors had a 70% lower rate of cognitive decline than those who were less socialized.
Though it may go without saying, maintaining social wellness brings about a number of other health benefits as well. Not only can it help strengthen our immune system, but it can lead to better sleep and increased productivity. Studies also show that increased socialization can enhance our cognitive abilities and even reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, one study showed that socially active seniors had a 70% lower rate of cognitive decline than those who were less socialized.
One of the barriers some seniors may face is that they may not know what opportunities are available to them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the ways seniors can begin to build and maintain their social connections:
On Wednesday June 29, 2022 celebrate the #NationalDayofJoy with Comfort Keepers Calgary!
No matter who we are, where we are, our age, or what we went through, one thing is universally true: we all could use more joy in our lives!
On the last Wednesday of June, simply take some time and do something that brings joy to yourself or others. If you feel inspired to share your joy stories with the world, post your Day of Joy activity on social media using #NationalDayofJoy. We can’t wait to see what you’re up to!https://www.comfortkeepers.com/dayofjoy
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
At Comfort Keepers®, we understand the importance of maintaining social wellness and the value it can bring to seniors’ lives. Our trusted caregivers not only provide meaningful companionship, but they can also help in getting seniors to and from places they need to go. Whether it’s a trip to the senior center to visit friends, or to the local college for a weekly class, we’ll be there to help. We also offer technology solutions that can enhance socialization and keep seniors connected to their loved ones. For more information about Comfort Keepers’ services, reach out to the Calgary, Alberta office today.
Psychology Today. “The Health Benefits of Socializing” by Angela K. Troyer Ph.D. C. Psych. Web. 2018.
Everyday Health. “How to Stay Socially Engaged as You Age” by Krisha McCoy. Web. 2018.
How Stuff Works – Health. “Top 5 Ways for the Aging to Remain Socially Engaged” Web. 2018.