How Social Activities Benefit Older Adults and Support a Better Life

Living Livita
April 15, 2020
Senior homes in Oakville

As we age, there is an increased focus on remaining healthy and fit. Most people know that exercise is great for your heart but finding ways to maintain your fitness level is just one component of healthy aging. As such, most senior homes in Oakville include not only physical activities as part of their recreation and leisure program but also plenty of social activities too.

Social isolation is a common issue for older adults, which can contribute to a more rapid cognitive and physical decline. This is just one of the reasons why seeking out Oakville retirement residences can be the right decision when it comes to maintaining a lifestyle that supports positive opportunities to learn and grow.

4 Ways Seniors Benefit from Social Activities

Maintaining an active social life as you age can be a challenge, but the benefits are worth finding ways to make it happen even as we practice social distancing. Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville knows how important it is to continue a passion for life, at every age. Offering a monthly social calendar with a wide variety of options, our program has something for everyone.  We’ve modified our monthly programs during the COVID-19 outbreak to keep our residents safe, but also still keep them engaged.

There are so many ways that older adults can benefit from keeping social, but here are five that we really liked:

  1. Reduces the risk of depression. If you are not able to get out and about as much as you used to, it can lead to feelings of sadness and depression. Senior homes in Oakville provide a great opportunity to maintain an active social life since they make it much easier to surround yourself with new interests and new relationships on a daily basis.
  1. Improves cognitive function. Activities like crosswords, games and puzzles, and even chatting with friends are fantastic for keeping your mind sharp. These enjoyable activities support better cognitive health which has been shown to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  1. Lowers your blood pressure by lowering stress. Interacting with and being around friends and family—even if only over the phone or via video call—and participating in activities you enjoy, can lower your stress levels leading to a healthier blood pressure. Keeping your blood pressure in check helps reduce risk factors for heart disease.
  1. Increases motivation. When you remain socially active, you are more likely to be continually inspired to try new things and be interested in new experiences. This increased motivation to live a full and engaged life supports better self-confidence and mental health.

Enhance Your Social Life at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence in Oakville

Even if it has been a while since you’ve tried something new or made new friends, there is still plenty of time to get started now and realize some of the benefits listed above. At Queens Avenue Retirement Residence, our balanced approach to independent living means you get the support you need while still being able to choose from a long list of activities that keep you engaged and energized. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of our approach or take our virtual tour.

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