Do Social Connections Make Us Healthier?March 06, 2019
When you think about health and aging, what do you think of? Many of us think about staying physically active, or about eating wholesome foods. You may also think about different ways to stay sharp, such as trying out new hobbies or playing brain games. However, amidst all the different ways to age well, there's an unsung hero: friendships and social connections.
What are the benefits of social connections as we age? Let’s explore just that on our True Blue blog!
Meaning and Connection
When we forge new friendships and social connections, we find that our lives are filled with more purpose, meaning, and connection. We can laugh, share with, and feel bonded to others. We feel more emotionally and spiritually fulfilled. Research by the National Institute on Aging suggests there are positive health benefits of social interaction for seniors and older adults..
Physical Benefits of Social Connections
By connecting with others, we feel calmer, which can help lower our blood pressure. When meals are a central part of a social outing, we may be encouraged to eat more and nourish ourselves. Additionally, by interacting with others, we may be inspired to stay more physically active, taking group walks, going to an art show, or maybe even taking a senior fitness class together. A calmer and more active life is a healthier life, and social connections help us to attain just that.
Emotional Benefits of Social Connections
When we spend time with others, we start to feel more optimistic, energized, and balanced. Our friends can teach us new things, cheer us up, and bring us out of our funk. Overall, spending time with friends can help boost our moods! We’ll feel happier, more energized, and less anxious.
Benefits of Community Living for Seniors
Assisted living communities and other senior living environments can make it easy to meet new friends and stay socially active. At each of our Blue Harbor Senior Living communities, we offer a host of fun and social activities for residents to engage in. From happy hours to art classes to movie outings, there’s always something for everyone! We take social health very seriously, so always find ways to help bring residents together in fun and meaningful ways.
If you think that community living would benefit you or your loved one, we'd love to talk. Reach out to the True Blue team to discuss your options and set up a time to meet us! Stay on top of all the happenings in our community by following us on Facebook, too. We are wishing you and yours a happy – and social! – day!
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