With the COVID-19 pandemic, our world became constricted. Locked down. Closed off. Large groups are no longer allowed to gather. We are confided to those we share a house with. And even if we’re outside, we must remain 6 feet apart from each other.
For our elderly loved ones, who are even one of the high-risk members of our population, things are even grimmer. Many may have been relegated to their own space in the house, or in their own room. Perhaps, professional care has to be set aside for health reasons. Things don’t function as normal as before.
And with this, like with most people, our elderly lose connection with others and with the outside world. This isolation can lead to many problems. unless we as family members do something about it.
Here are the health benefits of socialization for seniors to help get you started.
Health Benefits of Socialization for Seniors
- Better mental health. They will have improved mental and emotional health when they socialize. Being part of a community, however small, or having someone to talk to can do wonders to their disposition and their mental sharpness.
- Higher self-esteem. Those seniors who feel lonely have lower self-confidence and self-esteem. Those who spend time with people and having worthwhile times together can greatly boost self-confidence. Hearing the feedback from those who mean to them can help as well.
- Better quality of life. Those who socialize feel less lonely, and therefore are more active, alert, and have better health. They also have better quality of life overall.
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s
- Boosted immunity
- Increased brain health
- Socialization promotes purpose. Spending time with others makes seniors feel useful. They feel like they belong to a cause beyond themselves. This gives them something to do, something to think about, and something to look forward to. This also makes them take better care of themselves in terms of grooming and hygiene.
Read up on ways you can combat seniors’ feeling of isolation and promote socialization even during this uncertain time.