Celebrating Friendship in Old AgeNovember 29, 2017 | Canyon Creek
"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, preventing feelings of social isolation or loneliness.
In this edition of the Canyon Creek Senior Living blog, read on for details about the benefits of friendship in old age and how we foster friendships here at Canyon Creek, along with a very sweet feature about a very special friendship forged right here in our community.
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 Canyon Creek
In community living environments for seniors, such as Canyon Creek Senior Living, residents have many different social activities to choose from. They 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! Be sure to check out our activities calendars for a full view of everything we have planned for our residents.
Meet Residents Barbara and Millie
As an example of just one of the many friendships forged here at Canyon Creek, meet 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 community.
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If you or a senior loved one are considering assisted living, be sure to reach out and talk to one of our senior care advisors. We'll be more than happy to talk to you about your needs and arrange for a tour.
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