Independent living communities offer many opportunities to socialize, which leads to a better quality of life. Some health benefits of socializing are:
Being socially active reduces anxiety, stress, and depression.
Better health is a result of staying socially active – remaining engaged and feeling good releases “feel-good” hormones.
Socialization provides cognitive benefits, keeps the brain sharp as we age, and can delay or prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.
High levels of socialization in seniors help to increase longevity.
Your independent living community may have an activity center – if so, take advantage of all the activities on the social calendar, such as:
✔Church services and Bible study
✔Billiards and Poker Room
✔Fitness Center – Visit the fitness center at your independent living community and benefit not just from the exercise, but from the social interaction with the other community members. The great part of being part of a community is that it’s like living a small village – everyone knows each other, and you can easily find a friend or neighbor with the same athletic abilities or interests as you.
Ways to increase socializing:
→Socializing can be as simple as sharing a cup of tea and some funny stories or going shopping together.
→Learning a new skill, such as how to use social media, will encourage you to bond with your friends and neighbors (or complain together about the challenges of new technology) and also give you hours of entertainment and a new way to communicate with friends and family.
→Organize social activities based on your interests. What would you like to do with a circle of friends? Go hiking through a local park? Perhaps go on a cruise? Or take a cooking or baking class?
→Volunteering is great because you are not just giving back to society, you are also helping yourself. There are many charities that would love to have some of your time – choose one that you would enjoy working with, whether it’s an animal shelter, reading to hospital patients, etc.
→The very best part of socializing is discovering new friends based on common interests.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ― C.S. Lewis