It appears instinctive to some folks that interacting socially with others improves wellbeing by keeping one connected to other people’s experiences, beliefs, challenges, humor, points of view, and a host of other human happenings. Now, scientific studies are displaying the benefits of social activities for seniors that could boost the wellness of both the brain and body.
These results point directly to the benefits of friendship and socialization for the elderly. A study performed by Rush University Medical Center showed that a person who reported a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of an impairment with activities of daily living than a person with a low level of social activity, and about 1.5 times as likely to remain free of disability involving instrumental activities of daily living or mobility. Very social older adults had a 70% reduction in their level of cognitive decline when compared to unsocial peers.
However, staying social isn’t intuitive to everybody, and for many, it ends up being more difficult with age because one’s ability to get around could become substantially diminished. Following are several ways a home care agency such as Regency Home Care can help older people remain social and protect their wellbeing:
- Encourage attendance at and provide accompaniment to social excursions like club meetings, community events such as fairs, holiday activities and parades, plays, concerts, and sporting events, religious services and church activities.
- Share in playing interactive games with seniors such as board games, Nintendo Wii, and cards.
- Arrange for visits with friends and neighbors.
- Provide transportation to an adult day facility or a low impact exercise class.
- Provide companionship during family celebrations or vacations for optimum comfort and security.
- Help older adults navigate social media sites like Facebook and Skype so they can connect with family and friends even if they are homebound.
In the recent Social Activity and Wellbeing of Older Australians Study, testing more than 6,000 seniors across about 5 1/2 years, older adults having ongoing, regular social engagement had a lower rate of decline in intellectual and memory performance. Effective mental capability was preserved best in those who were the most socially engaged.
Having a qualified in home care Atlanta based agency such as Regency Home Care provide assistance to encourage and aid with keeping an older adult socially connected may be one of the most essential means to help him or her continue to thrive and feel alive. Regency Home Care caregivers are all committed to promoting the independence, dignity, and social connectedness of every person we serve in the Atlanta area. To learn more, call us today at 678.999.2446.