Cultivating a Social Life as a Senior

July 26, 2018

SC We hear it throughout our lives: maintaining relationships is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. As children, our classmates automatically become our friends, while, as adults, we are surrounded by coworkers or families of our own. But, how do we cultivate a social life as we grow older?

The Importance of Support Systems

Having a support system provides many benefits for both physical and mental health. Numerous studies show that social isolation is one of the leading causes of depression in seniors. Loneliness can materialize at any age but can be especially challenging as we grow older, leading to feelings of self-doubt and being forgotten. An emotional support system allows seniors to participate in activities and conversations together, helping them feel loved and needed by those around them.

Without regular interaction, seniors risk developing sedentary routines, resulting in physical health issues. Many seniors who don’t have regular social plans choose to stay indoors, reducing not only their physical activity, but also their exposure to sunlight, introducing them to a plethora of health risks. Regular participation in physical activities can help prevent hypertension and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, among others.

Maintaining a Social Life

Though it may seem like a challenge, finding ways to maintain an active social life might be easier than we think. A short exchange with a friend can boost mood and brain health. Arranging a time to meet up with neighbors can promote physical activity, whether it’s a short walk in the park or a weekend trip together. Here are some other ideas:

  1. Join a book club: Regular reading promotes brain health and intellectual discussion.
  2. Golf: Many seniors love to play golf. It improves flexibility and strength, while also providing an opportunity to socialize with fellow golfers.
  3. Play some games: Bingo, Bridge, Scrabble, Rummikub – just some of our Sterling Court favorites. You can even play the Nintendo Wii, making exercise a lot more fun!
  4. Listen to music: Music is the universal language and it’s even better when it’s live. Attend Sterling Court’s many Social Hours, where you can enjoy live music plus snacks and refreshments with your social circle.
  5. Gardening: Not many things can beat the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Being outdoors and maintaining plant life does wonders for mental and physical health. Why not ask a friend to help!

At Sterling Court, health is our number one priority. With a calendar full of activities ranging from chair yoga to art classes to floristry demonstrations, our community will help you cultivate your life day in and day out. Enjoy everything we have to offer and turn your neighbors into new friends!

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