From birth, humans are social by nature. Socialization is a primal need and it is one that is not diminished by the passage of time. In fact, people often require regular interaction with others during their senior years more than ever before. At Albuquerque Home Care Assistance, we believe that building strong relationships and maintaining an active lifestyle is vital for seniors to avoid loneliness, depression and the many troublesome health issues that social isolation can cause.

Regularly connecting and interacting with others helps seniors to maintain a positive and proactive mindset. Seniors with healthy, balanced social lives tend to have more energy and fewer health problems than those who spend the majority of their time at home alone. Regularly meeting with others can give aging adults the chance to participate in mentally stimulating activities, establish new goals and share their emotions. Active seniors with lots of good friends tend to maintain the mindset that more good things lie just ahead, while lonely and isolated adults have the sense that things are simply winding down.

Whether playing games with others, attending workshops or classes or simply meeting friends for lunch, socially active seniors have the best chance at maintaining mood balance and a high quality of life. For seniors who may not have as many connections as friends and family pass and relocate, part-time care from a compassionate caregiver can be a great way to provide companionship. Professional Albuquerque hourly caregivers can offer a listening ear, while also providing reliable transportation and accompaniment to social activities and fun destinations throughout the local community.

Regular social interaction can also be physically advantageous for adults in their golden years. For instance, seniors who participate in group swimming or fitness classes are constantly challenging and improving their balance and flexibility, boosting their metabolisms and naturally regulating their blood pressure among other things. Best of all, these activities can limit the effects of degenerative brain diseases, stave off illness and help seniors to preserve their overall health.

If you’re interested in learning how to help a senior loved one remain actively social in their golden years, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque and learn the many benefits of an in-home caregiver. We are available 24/7 to answer questions and can help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation for more information. Call 505-798-0800 to speak with a  Care Manager today.

Published On: December 26th, 2014 / Categories: Seniors & Emotional Wellbeing /