Building new relationships and meeting new friends can lead you towards new experiences, new adventures, and a healthier, more engaging lifestyle. At HarborChase Senior Living, we understand the importance of building relationships and leading a socially active life.
We aim to provide our residents with ample social events and opportunities to socialize and create relationships.
Mental Health and Socialization
It’s easy to assume that physical health is the only area of wellness that impacts longevity and healthy living. However, research has shown that mental health is almost, if not equally, as valuable as physical health. Studies show that older adults who participate in social activities and events regularly feel a stronger sense of belonging, which can improve your overall quality of life. Furthermore, having dependable friends or relationships can create a sense of support and care.
Socialization and building relationships can help to alleviate feelings of stress. This reduced level of stress can improve your immune system, decrease the risk of developing depression, and lower your blood pressure.
A Healthy and Social Life
Many researchers and studies show that building relationships and being socially active is an important factor of physical wellbeing. According to Berkeley University of California, socialization can improve your cognitive function, making your brain sharper and more effective. This is an important development as improved cognitive function helps to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
In addition, studies have also shown that social wellness is consistently associated with biomarkers of health. The benefits of building relationships and social wellness may be related to lower levels of interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. On top of those benefits, researchers have also proven that socially active seniors are more likely to develop healthier life choices and habits.
More research is needed to find more substantial links to positive health and determine the importance of social interactions as they relate to falls, memory, and the overall health benefits of older adults. However, for now, it’s clear that active and engaged seniors are reaping the benefits and increasing longevity, as well as living a healthier and happier life.
A Vibrant and Social Community
By nature, humans are social creatures; we build relationships throughout our lives that help to shape much of who we are and how we live. The importance of building relationships is crucial no matter what stage of life you are in.
Though it can be difficult to find avenues to seek new friends and acquaintances, it is undoubtedly beneficial to your health. We encourage you to spend some time researching different social outlets in your local area. Paying a visit to your local senior center can yield a lot of opportunities, as these centers typically host educational classes, support groups, or hobby-related clubs.
All of our HarborChase Senior Living communities know the value of social interactivity and host a variety of activities for our residents throughout the year. HarborChase communities span across Eastern and Central regions of the United States. We invite you to find your ideal HarborChase community today and schedule a visit!