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Why Socialization Is So Important for Seniors

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Why Socialization Is So Important for Seniors

While we all value our connections with friends and family, most of us wouldn’t consider socialization vital to our health. But our social connections actually have a very big impact on our mental and physical well-being. Especially as we age and those connections start to dwindle as friends move, loved ones pass away, and it becomes harder to get out, many seniors become socially isolated without even realizing it. That’s why socialization for seniors is so important. Here’s how senior living can help.

The importance of socialization for seniors

While you might expect socialization for seniors to decrease their risk of anxiety and depression, there are also physical benefits as well, according to the National Institute on Aging. Those who have strong social connections are also reported to have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, and even a lower death rate than those who don’t.

But there’s a difference between social isolation and loneliness, which the AARP Foundation defines as the feeling or perception of being alone. Social isolation is actually being psychologically and/or physically detached from support groups of family, friends, and community. In fact, the AARP Foundation reports that more than eight million adults aged 50 and older are affected by social isolation. Some of the risk factors are:

  • Living alone
  • Hearing/vision loss
  • Limited mobility
  • Limited transportation options
  • Being a caregiver for someone with a severe condition
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Psychological or cognitive challenges

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Socialization in senior living communities

Those risk factors are why where you live is so important when it comes to socialization for seniors. Socialization for seniors is simply more difficult at home, particularly when living alone. In fact, seniors who live by themselves, on average, spend about 10 and a half hours alone each day, according to Pew Research Center. However, even those who live with someone other than a spouse still have an average of seven and a half hours of alone time each day.

But senior living can help. Social connection is actually one of the biggest draws of senior living. Here are three ways we can help improve socialization for seniors:

  • Community – You’re never alone in senior living in Hillsborough Township. Friends, neighbors, and caring associates are always nearby. Plus, we provide home maintenance, housekeeping, and meals so you can forget about chores and instead focus on socialization and making the most of life!
  • Social opportunities – Socialization for seniors is so easy in a community like ours! We offer a full calendar of fun and engaging options like social events, exercise programs, classes, clubs, live music and entertainment, opportunities for creative expression, game nights, group outings, religious services, volunteer opportunities, and more!
  • Convenience – Everything you need for socialization is right outside your door in senior living. Most activities are onsite, and we provide transportation to offsite outings. Our community also has a variety of amenities like a fitness center, library, beautiful grounds, and common areas perfect for spending time with neighbors, friends, and family.

For more information on senior living in Hillsborough Township, download our Choosing the Right Community guide. Or contact us today for more information or to schedule a tour.

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Written by kaplan

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