November 16, 2022
We’re social creatures. From the time we’re born, we look to connect with others for our survival and our fulfillment. Unfortunately, as we age, there are often more obstacles to quality interaction and meaningful community.
“Risk factors that contribute to social isolation are more common in older adults,” says Pamela Kapproth, CEO of Kendal on Hudson. “You might experience more loneliness, for example, if you have a chronic health condition or limited contact with friends.”
Socialization offers health benefits that improve mental, cognitive, and even physical wellness. Keep reading to learn how senior living communities like Kendal on Hudson promote a healthy social life to improve residents’ well-being.
Boosts Mental Health
A common result of isolation is depression, a serious mood disorder that affects the way you act, think and feel. It can also increase your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, or other illnesses.
Thankfully, regular social interaction is a profoundly effective supplemental treatment. This is demonstrated by a University College Dublin study, in which participants reported that socialization reduced their symptoms of depression. Researchers also noted an increase in self-esteem and a decrease in anxiety across the board.
At Kendal on Hudson, these sorts of social opportunities are readily available to residents. You can meet up with new friends to listen to a lecture, attend a special interest group, or take part in local outings to enjoy the attractions near Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Protects Cognitive Health
A lesser-known benefit of socialization in older adults is the powerful effect it can have on cognitive function.
Studies increasingly show that social contact protects the brain from neurodegenerative diseases and improves memory.
- Having many close friends slows cognitive decline.
- Social engagement in older adults prevents dementia.
- Social connections actually make us smarter.
Kendal on Hudson’s Lifelong Learning programming is an ideal response to this research. We offer residents opportunities to learn and grow in a social, community setting. Even the Resident Council that designs the programming is an example of collaborative socialization that keeps minds sharp.
Improves Physical Health
Social connections have been shown to literally prolong your life. As referenced earlier, reducing depression through socialization can improve your physical well-being. Additionally, remedying isolation has been shown to significantly decrease your risks of premature death.
Recent studies have shown that socialization decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke and death.
An indirect result of socialization is that it encourages healthier lifestyle choices. There’s a certain level of good peer pressure that can promote more balanced diets and more frequent exercise.
Seniors socialize during exercise classes and activities offered through Kendal on Hudson’s wellness programming. This added component compounds the health benefits of their positive choices and adds to their quality of life.
A Friendly, Inviting Home at Kendal on Hudson Kendall on Hudson is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Sleepy Hollow, New York. We offer an all-inclusive lifestyle that fosters friendships and builds meaningful connections around shared interests and goals. To experience the dynamic social opportunities at Kendal on Hudson, request a tour today.