For a variety of reasons, including retirement, family and friends moving away, or the death of a spouse, seniors risk becoming alone as they age. The absence of close social relationships negatively impacts the elderly’s emotional well-being and physical health.
On the contrary, Seniors who have an excellent social network experience a good quality of life and are healthier and happier overall.
Seniors Social connection and health are interconnected for Elderly People. The elderly who maintain senior social networks enjoy numerous advantages over those who do not, including improved mental, emotional, and physical health.
Below are the advantages reflecting the importance of social interaction for the elderly:
Specialists believe that even the most basic frequent interactions, such as Grandpa’s garden group, community center class, or neighborhood card game, can have major health benefits. Senior Citizens are more mobile and less alone when they get out and enjoy a get-together even a few times a week; this reduces their overall risk of major health issues, including depression, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and malnutrition.
There has been a lot of research on this subject, and it all points to varying degrees of cognitive improvement. In one study, the risk of cognitive deterioration among socially active elders was lowered by as much as 70%. Another study compared the brain function of persons beyond the age of 80 to that of people in their 50s and 60s. Those beyond the age of 80 who reported having positive friendships were more likely to have the same level of cognitive ability as the younger study participants. This research backs up the idea that having strong social networks is connected to a slower rate of cognitive decline.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, people with strong social ties have been proven to have superior health behaviors, such as consuming healthy foods and being physically active. In addition, according to a study published in Scientific American, having a solid social network can help adults live longer by 50%.
Seniors who are socially linked feel more connected, which leads to improved physical, mental, and emotional health. People who are comfortable and happy are less inclined to doubt their faith and values, resulting in better emotional wellbeing.
Although scientific data supports the need for senior socialization as people age, it can be difficult for seniors to maintain social interactions. It’s very normal for seniors to feel more isolated as they become older, for a variety of reasons:
At Papaycare, we prioritize elderly’s mental health and engage them into various fun and self-education activities to improve their cognitive health and overall wellbeing.