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Socialization and Its Importance to Seniors

Posted on: Feb 26, 2021

Assisted living socialization and camaraderie is one of the many reasons why senior living community residents are experiencing longer and happier lives. 

Aging well is really all about connections and being socially active. 

Studies show that social isolation and loneliness are “serious” public health risks that affect a significant portion of the older adult population, with about one-quarter of Americans who are 65 or older considered to be socially isolated, according to a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

That increases their risk of dementia and premature death from all causes, and is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted.

Loneliness can compromise a person’s immune system — and even a cold may feel worse if you feel alone. 

The health damage of loneliness and social isolation has been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Staying socially fit, on the other hand, is key to longevity. Individuals in assisted living facilities or memory care communities find that joining activities within their communities provides them with opportunities to meet others and to participate 

Assisted Living and Memory Care at Christian Horizons communities offer a variety of social activities to enrich the lives of seniors.

Learn more about a Christian Horizons community near you.