In our last blog, we discussed studies that proved social interaction can lead to improved health outcomes for older adults, from reducing risk of disabilities and depression to living longer. There are also many studies showing that being socially active reduces cognitive decline, including the following:
- The American Journal of Psychiatric Health published a study that showed social support helps protect against dementia.
- The Seattle Longitudinal studies and MacArthur study suggest social activity increases cognitive functions and wards off the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
- The Rush University Medical Center study found that very social seniors had a 70% reduction in their rate of cognitive decline when compared to their unsocial peers.
- In a study testing over 6,000 seniors across about 5 1/2 years, seniors having frequent social engagement had a slower decline in intellectual and memory abilities. Good mental capacity was maintained best in those people who were the most socially active.
So how can you make sure your loved one stays social as he or she ages?
- Find volunteer opportunities for him or her in the community.
- Get the senior involved with a local senior center.
- Join a group focused on activities you enjoy, such as playing cards or a book club.
- Taking a cooking, pottery, or language class is a great way to interact and make new friends.
- Joining a gym or fitness center can help the senior stay both physically and socially active.
At Live Free Home Health Care, we understand how important regular social interaction is, especially for older adults. We can coordinate and facilitate social engagement activities while providing the highest quality of care for older adults in the comfort of home. Contact us today to learn more about our dedicated in-home care services.