It’s no surprise that physical activity benefits our bodies.
Exercise raises your heart rate while also enhancing your balance, strength, and mobility. Did you realize, though, that social interaction is equally as crucial to your general health as you become older? Unfortunately, some aging adults may find it difficult to connect with others when friends and family move away, or as reduced mobility makes it difficult to get out and about.
This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can be harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In other words, social wellness, one of the eight dimensions of wellness, is key to healthy living.
Make mealtimes a social occasion.
Invite friends you meet during the day to join you in common areas for dinner. Make it a social event by setting a time and a meeting location. This is a fantastic method to get individuals from diverse hobbies together at the same time.
Become a member of a club (or two… or three!)
Joining a club or committee is a fantastic way to keep active while also meeting new people and doing something you enjoy. Residents of Terrace Place could be interested in joining Book Club, knitting group, the painting group or any of the other committees or organizations.
You can be restless in retirement after years of waking up early for work. However, this is an excellent moment to begin a new type of job: giving back to your community. Start your search by looking for volunteer groups that are in your area.
In senior living, how did you meet new friends? What advice would you provide to a newcomer to your independent living community? Please share them with us. We’d be delighted to hear from you.