Importance Of Socialization
Can Your Loved One Benefit From Socialization?
Research has proven that social support plays a significant role in overall health as people age. Spending time with friends, neighbors and family members can have many positive effects, boosting seniors’ quality of life, physical health and mental health.
Seniors – particularly those with memory loss – may have fewer opportunities to socialize as they age. It may be that driving and/or getting out of the house has become more difficult, that their circle of friends has become smaller or that their memory impairment interferes with participating in activities. Whatever the reason, it’s common for older adults to socialize less and less.
On the contrary, seniors with good social support systems in place can have reduced stress, fewer instances of anxiety and depression, and decreased risk for some physical health concerns. For individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, engaging with other people in social situations has been shown to be particularly helpful and may even slow the progress of these conditions. One study found that cognitive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections in comparison with those who had little social contact.
The National Institute on Aging recognizes a strong correlation between social interaction and the health and well-being of seniors. Socialization supports brain health, and while the exact function is not yet completely understood, individuals with a strong social network generally retain more memories than peers who are more isolated.
Providing A Sense Of Belonging
We believe social support encompasses not only companionship and conversation but also activity. At Renaissance North Tampa, our purposeful programming helps your loved one realize the many health benefits of being social. Additionally, we offer therapeutic technologies and innovative techniques to incorporate regular socialization into the daily lives of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Feeling lonely or isolated can have a physical as well as emotional impact on older adults. Seniors who are chronically lonely often have elevated systolic blood pressure and are also at greater risk for depression. Memory care at Renaissance combats isolation with meaningful opportunities for socialization readily available to your loved one – so you can feel assured of their health and overall well-being.
Something to savor.
Dining at Renaissance is truly a treat — with breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily in our beautiful dining room. Enjoy fresh, chef-prepared cuisine in the company of friends and neighbors.