Social well-being for Seniors
Studies show that psychological well-being and physical health are closely linked in older adults. Social relationships are an important part of a healthy life, yet many seniors unfortunately become isolated as the years progress.
More than 40% of seniors experience loneliness on a regular basis, according to a study from the University of California, San Francisco. If you can relate to this statistic, we’re here to help. From learning how to make new friends to strengthening existing relationships, here are some proven tips that will help you stay healthy, active, and engaged.
Join a class or group for seniors
You could enroll in a class at your local community college, join an exercise group specifically for seniors, or find a group of peers with similar interests at Meetup.com. Many religious institutions also have groups where older adults can enjoy activities together.
Volunteer with your community
Giving back is an amazing way to enhance your social wellness, and you’ll also feel a heartwarming sense of accomplishment. If you have a skill or talent, there are likely local organizations who would love to tap into that expertise. You could also volunteer at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or other charity.
Call an old friend or family member
Social well-being isn’t only about making new friends and connections. Throughout our lives, we frequently lose contact with the people we love. Reaching out to family and friends is an excellent way to battle isolation while reinvigorating important relationships. You never know, that person may feel equally isolated, and your phone call or social media message could make their week.
Take advantage of the camaraderie in a senior living community
For many seniors, an independent or assisted living community can be the perfect way to improve psychological and social health. You’ll have your own apartment, but will be surrounded by a welcoming network of peers. Many communities also plan fun events and outings for residents, so you’ll never be bored.
Here at The Argyle, we’ve been lucky to see countless new friendships form in our community. Residents join each other for meals in the cozy dining room, spend hours sharing stories and cracking jokes, and join each other for activities and events.
These happy residents aren’t alone in their satisfaction, either. According to a survey of 57,900 respondents from 265 senior living communities across 36 states, 89.3% of independent living residents rate their overall satisfaction as good or excellent, and another national survey found 93% of assisted living residents feel satisfied and safe.
No matter how you choose to take care of your social health, know that you’ve already taken the first step by being open to new ideas. And if you’d like to learn more about senior living in Denver, this page showcases the best of Life at The Argyle.
As a local nonprofit, The Argyle has brought high quality and affordable care to Denver’s seniors since 1874. To this day, our caring team remains committed to encouraging independence and preserving the dignity of every resident who calls our community home.