At Senior Solutions Management Group, we understand the benefits of leading a socially active life and the importance of building relationships. Friends can support you through tough times, but they can also provide you with a plethora of health benefits - some you may not even realize.
The Importance of Building Relationships and Mental Health
It’s easy to think that physical wellbeing is the only way to lead a healthy and active life. However, studies have shown that mental health is just as valuable as your physical health. Socialization is an important aspect of maintaining your mental health as feelings of loneliness can come with adverse side effects.
According to a recent study called “the Maastricht study,” people who have larger social networks typically have less bad habits and are less prone to developing new diseases in their life, such as type 2 diabetes. Socializing can also help older adults to:
- Alleviate feelings of stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of developing depression
- Increase longevity
- Improve perceptions of self-esteem
A Healthy, Happy, and Social Life
It can be hard to maintain a well-balanced social life; however, it is a crucial element to your health and overall sense of belonging.
The National Institute on Aging has gathered information from several studies that have shown strong correlations between social interaction and health. Socialization can be as simple as attending family gatherings or going out once a week and visiting loved ones. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be a socialite who attends gatherings or social events daily.
One study found that people, particularly older adults, can add years to their lives by participating in leisure activities — including volunteering, shopping, gardening, or playing games. In fact, researchers found, social activities can lower the risk of mortality as much as physical exercise does. The best way to reap the benefits is to make sure you’re comfortable and feel socially active and engaged. Not everyone who appears lonely feels lonely; it’s all about your needs and your social desires.
A Lively and Social Community
While, at times, it can be challenging to meet new people, it is certainly beneficial for your health and wellbeing. Interestingly enough, it is a natural instinct that humans find themselves wanting to build relationships regardless of the stage of life they are in. However, at times, it can be challenging to make new friends and build those relationships.
If you’re having difficulty finding new friends or acquaintances, we encourage you to research local groups and social events in your area. Your local senior center is likely to yield plenty of opportunities! These places typically host a variety of support groups, hobby-related clubs, and educational classes, targeted and designed for older adults allowing you to connect with like-minded individuals.
At Senior Solutions Management Group, we know the importance of building relationships. That is why all of our communities, throughout Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, provide ample social events for our residents. If you are looking for a senior living community to call home, we invite you to find your ideal community here!