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How Social Well-Being Helps Seniors Stay Healthy

Social well-being is especially important for seniors to remain healthy. Studies have shown that seniors receive many benefits by staying socially active and maintaining a high level of social well-being.  

Why It's Important for Seniors to Stay Social

It is especially important for seniors to stay social because seniors can be more susceptible than other demographics in becoming socially isolated, as they often do not get out as much or have as many engagements as younger people do.

Making Social Activity Part of Elderly Care

It is very important that social activity is part of elderly care. Capital City Nurses’ in-home care services provides a safe home environment in order to provide the critical in-home care, rehab,and post-op, or medication management for maintaining senior brain health so they remain socially engaged with others.  No matter if your loved one is going through physical therapy for seniors or is receiving companionship care in Alexandria, VA, we work to provide professional senior care giving, companionship care, and home care so that your elderly loved ones feel stress reduction and remain socially engaged, which is critical to their overall health and well-being.

Part of that improvement in their overall health and well-being comes from their loved ones’ efforts as well.  Here is what you can do to improve their social well-being and overall health.

  1. Increase Your Time With Them: Show you care by spending more time with them. They will appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to spend quality time with them, boosting their self-esteem and well-being.
  1. Encourage Family to Visit: Have other family members make the same commitment to spending more quality time with your elderly loved one for more positive benefits.
  1. Consider an Animal Companion: Having their own animal to care for and spend time with could boost your loved one’s self-esteem and encourage them to remain socially active so that their new companion remains healthy and engaged too!
  1. Suggest Visiting Friends: Encourage your loved one to visit old friends from high school, college, or work to catch up with their lives and revisit pleasant memories from the past.
  1. Encourage Outside Activities: Encourage them to take up new interests that they always wanted to explore but never seemed to have the time to do so.
  1. Suggest Joining a Senior Club: Joining such a club would have them socialize with people with similar experiences, boosting their self-esteem and outlook on life.
  1. Companion Care Services: Such services can help seniors remain socially active and encourage them to be more outgoing and willing to meet new people.
  1. Find a Hobby: Encouraging your loved ones to take up a new hobby can help them to show they still have the mental acumen to master and enjoy a new skill, boosting their self-esteem and overall health.

How Does Being Social Keeps Older Adults Healthy?

Being social keeps older adults healthy because they still feel connected to the outside world, they have something worthwhile to offer to others, and they feel they have not been forgotten or cast aside by others. Studies have shown that seniors remaining socially active have improved cognitive function, better physical health, and good emotional health.

Posted on
June 6, 2023
Capital City Nurses