Does socialization play a big part in your life? Studies say: it should.
The University of Rochester conducted a study about the effects of socialization on seniors and found socialization is not only a main factor in decreasing loneliness and depression, but it also improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and keeps your mind sharp.
5 Ways Socialization Leads to Better Health
How else can socialization improve your health?
- Increased mobility. When you’ve got more to do, you’re more likely to stay physically active. More and more studies are discovering how seniors living near one another, such as through a senior living community, has led to seniors maximizing friendships, health, and happiness through more opportunities for socialization.
- A better night’s sleep. A University of Chicago study suggests that the lonelier you are, the more you toss and turn.
- Improved mental well-being. A study in the Annals of Family Medicine gathered 193 seniors with depressive symptoms and provided either individualized physical activity or social visits for six consecutive months. Researchers concluded that: “Social contact may be as effective as physical activity in improving mood and quality of life” and “social participation and social support networks are paramount to long-term positive outcomes and psychological well-being for older people."
- A sharper mind. Another study in The American Journal of Public Health showed seniors who were socially active had slower rates of declining memory. “The working hypothesis is that social engagement is what makes you mentally engaged,” Lisa F. Berkman, the study’s senior author, told the New York Times.
- Increased happiness. A survey of women over age 60 found those who are socially engaged and visit with friends and family throughout the week are happier as they age.
Ready to transform your social life?
At Twin Lakes, your social life is a priority. We provide opportunities to network with your peers at local restaurants, coffee shops, game rooms, a fireside lounge, a library, the chapel, and many other locations around our beautiful campus. We also offer guest accommodations so that your friends and family can visit and join in on the fun! For more information, contact Twin Lakes today.