Celebrating Friendship in Old AgeJune 06, 2019
"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" C.S. Lewis
Friendships and social bonds bring meaning, connection, and joy to our lives. Truly, we are never too old to make new friends. As we age, friendships can be especially therapeutic.
In this edition of the True Blue blog, let’s take a look at the benefits of friendship in old age, along with a very sweet feature about a very special friendship forged right here in one of our Utah-based communities, Canyon Creek Senior Living!
Benefits of Social Connection for Seniors
Friendships truly are a beautiful thing. Plus, they have physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits for seniors including:
- Lower blood pressure: Spending enjoyable time with others can create a greater sense of calm, helping to prevent anxiety and lower blood pressure.
- Regulate nutrition: People love sharing meals together, so when we have an active social life, we're more apt to get the regular nutrition we need.
- More physical activity: By being social, we are inspired to become more physically active, taking group walks together - or maybe even a senior fitness class!
- Improved mood: Our friends can lift our spirits when we're sad, bringing laughter and joy into our lives.
How We Foster Friendships at Blue Harbor
In community living environments for seniors, such as Blue Harbor Senior Living communities, we have many different social activities to choose from. Residents are encouraged to stay engaged and create meaningful bonds with the staff and residents in their community.
Some favorite group activities include exercise, church services, movie nights, chocolate truffle and pie socials (yum!), group manicures, yoga, wine and cheese socials, painting classes, and more! Whenever you visit one of our communities, you’re always welcome to join in on one of our many varied activities!
Meet Residents Barbara and Millie
As an example of just one of the many friendships forged here at Blue Harbor, meet Canyon Creek residents Barbara and Millie. Barbara and Millie have been friends for years. They met during an activity. They eat all their meals together. Living only a few rooms apart, they are always visiting each other. When it is time for an activity, one of them always knocks on the other's door to remind her to come along. If Barb is having a bad day, Millie always makes her feel better, reassuring that everything will be okay; in return, Barb does the same for Millie. They always reminisce about the good old days, and their favorite activity to do together is music! Even since they both moved to Memory Care, their friendship has lasted. It is a joy to watch and we're so happy to foster friendships like these in our loving communities!
Visit Us Anytime
We have so many stories of friendship like that of Barbara and Millie (and we adore this one about Lillie and Marilynne!). If you are considering community living for yourself or a loved one, we’d love to talk. Just reach out to our True Blue team at any time and we’ll connect! Have a fabulous day full of love and friendship.
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