Think of the importance of social activities for children. Kids learn to interact with others, build friendships, and keep their brains and bodies healthy as they grow. For adults, social activities help to counterbalance the stress of work, and lead to happy and fulfilling lives. The recipe is the same as we age. Social activities are especially beneficial for seniors in the following ways:
Build and Maintain Relationships
The human brain requires diverse stimulation and this can be an area of need for seniors who interact with the same people every day. Social activities stimulate the brain and keep those neurons firing, whether it is going to bingo night, joining a book club, taking up lawn bowling, or chatting with a home healthcare caregiver or companion. As we age, it is important to meet new people, build new relationships, and enjoy the benefits of a wide-ranging social network.
Keep Learning New Skills
Social activities present an opportunity to learn new skills, and sharpen existing talents. From studying a new language to picking up Tai Chi to learning how to use an iPad, there is much out there to discover. Social activities can be energetic and active, or they can be quiet and calming. No matter their chronological age, there is always an opportunity to learn something new. Seniors can achieve any goal they set their mind to, build confidence, and take control of their lives.
Stimulate the Mind
All social activities offer some level of mental stimulation. Whether it’s signing up for a cooking class, taking up gardening, or playing cards with friends, each activity keeps the brain and body engaged. Not only are social activities enjoyable, but they also keep our brain sharp and healthy. In addition, there are various games and activities that keeps the senior’s brain active.
If seniors do not make a conscious effort to stay social active, they begin to withdraw from the world and suffer physical, mental, and emotional consequences from lack of social stimulation. Social activities help give a sense of purpose, whether it’s simply the routine of having a schedule and a place to be, or the sense of accomplishment that comes from reaching a goal. Social activities help seniors stay involved and active in the community.
Improve Health & Well-Being
According to a 2012 study by Statistics Canada, older individuals who engaged in regular social activities reported higher self-perception and lower levels of loneliness and life dissatisfaction. According to a study by the University of Rochester, older adults see health benefits like reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and mental health issues like depression when they are socially active.
For more information about benefits of social activities as we age or if you have any questions about home healthcare, give us a call at Qualicare Family Homecare.