The Importance of Social Activities

Elderly man plays cards with his friends

The Importance of Social Activities

Elderly man plays cards with his friends

February 5, 2021 | Health, Lifestyle

We already know that staying physically active in your later years offers a variety of health benefits.

And while exercise is extremely important for a high quality of life, it’s important to note how vital it is to remain socially active as well. 

The connections you make with others and the relationships you continue to build have a major impact on your overall wellness!

Socializing keeps people young
As older adults continue to enjoy life, seniors should continue to enjoy a social life. This is because socializing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental health. Some of them include:

  • Better cognitive function
  • Better emotional health
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved physical health

Those four things combined can lead to very fulfilling and fruitful later years. However, due to retirement, lack of independence, or a combination of both social isolation can be quite common among older adults.

Social Isolation leads to depression
Social isolation is one of the leading causes of depression in seniors, which has the exact adverse effect on the benefits in the previous paragraph. It’s one of the many reasons we truly believe it’s better to age in a community than at home. Living at home may provide you with a warm, familiar environment. Unfortunately, that welcoming environment can become a bit disheartening when:

  • Friends pass away or move.
  • You may lose your ability to drive making it more difficult to participate in social activities.
  • Younger family members are often busy maintaining their own lives and career.
  • Chronic medical conditions and disabilities can make it hard to leave the home.
  • There are a lack of age-appropriate activities to participate in.

All of these things can lead to an isolating and unfulfilling lifestyle. It’s why we here at The Pathways at Warrington do our best to make all of our residents feel like they’re a part of a loving community. Continue reading to see how we accomplish this.

Communities provide socialization
As stated above, we do our best to keep all of our residents feeling welcomed. We have nurses on staff 24/7, so a loved one never has to be alone. Unlike if they were living in a big house by themselves. They don’t have to pick up a phone and hope that person isn’t busy if they want to have a conversation. Their neighbors are just right down the hall. And they don’t have to worry about what age-related activities they can participate in within their community. Within this community, all of the available activities are specifically tailored to them! Some things we provide include:

  • Organized game days for checkers, bingo, cards, etc.
  • Planned exercise activities throughout the week
  • Music events with live performances
  • Special time set aside to Facetime or call your loved ones
  • Specific organized parties for events or holidays i.e Christmas party or Superbowl party
  • Planned outings
  • And much, much more!

Contact Us Today!
So if anyone of those things sound wonderful to you and you know your loved one could use a little more social interaction throughout their day, we encourage you to pick up the phone and call The Pathways at Warrington. Like we said, we do our absolute best to make sure everyone feels included and welcomed within this very special community. We know how important social health is to one’s overall health. Everything works in balance! Too much social activity may mean you’re not getting enough physical activity. Not enough social activity and your mental health could take a hit. So why not have a loved one live where they can enjoy all of these things together in perfect harmony. You can find that at The Pathways at Warrington! Give us a call at 267-228-4690 or head to our homepage

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