It’s no secret that social activities are important for seniors. Staying socially active can help promote mental and emotional well-being, physical activity, and even prolong life. Here at Gardens of Somerset, we believe that social activities are a key part of our programmatic offerings and help to create a well-rounded, engaging, and fun environment for our residents.
Our activity director, Heather Hurley, puts together a robust social calendar each month that includes a variety of activities and events designed to appeal to a wide range of interests. From watercolor class and ice cream social to a fun-filled afternoon game of Jenga there’s always something going on at the Gardens of Somerset. Guests are invited and encouraged to participate in social activities with their loved ones as it means the world to our residents to have the support of their family and friends.
So, what are the benefits of social activities for seniors? We’ve outlined five of the most important ones below.
1. Social activities can help reduce stress and anxiety.
For many seniors, social activities can provide a much-needed outlet to reduce stress and anxiety. When we’re feeling stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol, which can lead to a host of physical and mental health problems. But, when we participate in activities that make us happy, such as visiting with friends or attending a recital, our bodies release feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which can help to counteract the effects of stress.
2. Social activities can improve cognitive function.
Studies have shown that social activities can help to improve cognitive function in seniors. One study found that seniors who participated in social activities had a reduced risk of developing dementia, while another found that social activities can help to slow the progression of cognitive decline.
3. Social activities can boost mood and self-esteem.
It’s no secret that participating in activities that make us happy can boost our mood and self-esteem. When we feel good about ourselves, we’re more likely to take care of our physical and mental health, which can lead to a host of other benefits.
4. Social activities can increase physical activity.
Many social activities, such as dancing or playing games, can increase physical activity. And, as we all know, physical activity is important for overall health. It can help to improve cardiovascular health, increase bone density, and reduce the risk of falls.
5. Social activities can prolong life.
Social isolation is one of the leading risk factors for mortality. It’s of crucial importance, then, that seniors have opportunities to socialize and interact with others on a regular basis. Having a robust social life can help to improve mental and physical health, both of which are important for longevity. When we feel connected to others and have a strong social support system, we’re more likely to live longer, healthier lives.
Social activities are important for seniors for a variety of reasons. They can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognitive function, boost mood and self-esteem, increase physical activity, and even prolong life. The Gardens of Somerset is the perfect place for seniors to enjoy social activities, with a robust calendar of events that is sure to appeal to a wide range of interests. We invite you to come and visit us soon!