Friends are important at any age, especially for elderly individuals. If you’re worried that an elderly loved one is becoming isolated, consider a quality retirement home such as San Clemente Villas by the Sea—we offer valuable socialization programs that can greatly benefit your parent or family member. How can socialization help your loved one? Keep reading to learn more.
- Improves Mental Health: Many senior citizens suffer from loneliness and depression; the transition from an active life filled with family to a more solitary existence is very hard on many elderly people. Socialization greatly helps lift senior citizens out of depression and loneliness, and consistent human interaction reduces the risk of dementia as well. Recent studies have even suggested that social interaction is just as effective as physical exercise in improving mood and quality of life.
- Encourages Healthy Eating: When living alone, it can be difficult for seniors to maintain healthy eating habits; in fact, many single seniors tend to suffer from malnutrition because they may think it’s too much trouble to prepare a nutritious meal for one. However, socialization greatly improves nutritional habits—seniors tend to eat the proper amount of nutritious food when surrounded by other people.
- Improves Physical Health: Frequent human interaction has been shown to increase physical activity, which is considered the number-one ingredient in a healthy senior lifestyle. Seniors who find themselves isolated and lonely will often forgo exercise—many find walking alone to be unpleasant or seemingly pointless. However, having friends will encourage seniors to exercise more. Socialization has also been shown to help seniors cope better with pain—a valuable benefit for many who suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis, for example. Socialization can also improve stress and blood pressure levels.
At San Clemente Villas by the Sea, we are firm believers in the power of socialization. Tour our beautiful facility and see all that we have to offer. Learn more by contacting us at (949) 485-4028.