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The importance of social interaction for overall health

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    Social interaction is important at any age, but especially for seniors as studies show that social connections have added health benefits.
    Social interaction is important at any age, but especially for seniors as studies show that social connections have added health benefits.

    At all ages, social interaction plays a key role in overall health. This is especially true when it comes to older adults. Studies have shown that staying active and engaged increases your overall health and wellness! Staying active keeps seniors sharp mentally and physically, as well as enhances their immune system.

    Ways to stay social

    • Stay in touch with friends, family and neighbors.
    • Join a club in the community or at the local senior center.
    • Volunteer.
    • Spend time with your children and grandchildren.
    • Join a gym or fitness class.
    • Take a class at a community college or senior center.
    • Attend local worship services.

    Improves physical health
    Socialization, whether it's through a senior center, your family or volunteering, has many physical health benefits, according to the University of Rochester. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, and potentially even lower risks for cardiovascular problems, some forms of cancer, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Improves memory
    Social activities have been shown to improve memory and cognitive health in older adults.  According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology, a positive link exists between social activities and mental well-being, finding that people with active social connections have an increased likelihood of maintaining cognitive health. Staying connected with friends and family is good for you!

    Keeps spirits up
    Continuing to get out of the house and socialize helps keep people from feeling lonely or isolated. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the U.S., about seven million people over the age of 65 experience occasional depression. Spending time with the people you care about can have a direct impact on your overall mood. If mobility or physical distance is an issue, you can always keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or via email. A CapTel captioned telephone makes sure you can catch every word of the conversation, even if you have difficulty hearing over the phone. It shows you captions during your call, so you won't miss a thing.

    Joining a gym or a fitness class is a way to stay active and social.

    Joining a gym or a fitness class is a way to stay active and social.


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