How Can Seniors Stay Socially Connected?

How Can Seniors Stay Socially Connected?

As people age, they may find themselves spending more and more time at home alone. This may be due to several factors: relatives living in different cities or states, retirement or the recent passing of a spouse.

Living at home can be a good thing, but isolation can also lead to depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, dementia and other medical complications.

Participating in social activities can help improve your overall well-being. Older adults who lead an active lifestyle reduce their risk of developing health problems, they tend to live longer, report being happier, improve their cognitive health and are better prepared to cope with loss.

Here are some ways you can stay connected with others and boost your social health:

• Find an activity you enjoy, or try a new one
• Learn something new; take a series of classes or attend a seminar
• Exercise
• Stay in touch with others in person, online or over the phone
• Adopt a pet
• Attend local events
• Join a club — book, card, film, board game, hobby or sport
• Travel
• Join a committee at a school, library, museum, church or nonprofit near you
• Try a part-time job
• Rediscover a favorite childhood pastime or teach it to the next generation

Be careful not to take on too much at once. You can start by adding one or two activities into your weekly routine and see how you feel. And remember that being social should feel great, not stressful. Go out and find your perfect fit!

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