According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staying socially active throughout your life can have significant benefits. As a senior, when you stay socially active, you tend to remain physically active, which can keep you healthy and reduce the likelihood of a variety of illnesses. Staying socially active can also make you feel like your life has more meaning, which can reduce the chances of anxiety and depression as you age. Consider the following ways you can stay socially active while living in an assisted living community.
Staying physically fit can reduce your risk of cardiovascular illnesses and can keep chronic conditions like high blood pressure and arthritis at bay. By joining a fitness group, you can connect with like-minded individuals and actually help one another stay in excellent condition. At Bethesda Gardens in Frisco, TX, we have a variety of health and fitness classes to choose from, and you'll find the grounds the perfect place for an afternoon or early morning stroll.
Whether you've always wanted to learn how to paint or you want to learn more about technology, developing a new hobby can help you connect with others who want to do the same. Not only will you learn something new, but you'll have something to explore and talk about with your new-found friends.
Social media makes it possible to stay connected with family and friends regardless of where they live. Whether it's on the internet, through messages or on the phone, take the time every day to speak to someone or ask them how their day is. Also, when you go shopping or out on daily errands, use these opportunities to make someone's day brighter by stopping in for a visit or inviting them along. Not only will you make others feel better, but it can also provide a sense of pride knowing you made someone's day.
If you're still able to work, consider a part-time job in your neighborhood. Working part-time can make you feel like you're needed, can help with your budget and makes it easier to find people to talk to when you are feeling isolated.
Volunteering provides a sense of accomplishment and allows you to engage with individuals from all walks of life. It make you appreciate the things you have, and you can also help make a difference in the lives of those around you. Check with your local charity organizations or ask someone in your church if there are ways you can help.
Living alone does have its perks, but choosing to live in an assisted living community provides you with round-the-clock care and plenty of social opportunities. Most communities plan scheduled events, hold classes, offer fitness programs and let you interact with others of the same age.