The importance of social interaction for seniors can not be overlooked, it can be harming their health and Renaissance Villages understands this best. The world we live in is constantly creating innovative ways for people to communicate, but at the end of the day, nothing beats having a meaningful conversation with another individual.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that 43 percent of seniors reported feeling lonely, and only 18 percent reported they live alone. This study also found that 59 percent of isolated seniors had a greater risk of physical and mental decline than more social seniors.
Lack of social interaction for seniors can make them feel isolated. Resulting in higher risks for becoming less active, experiencing loneliness and high blood pressure. Older adults may also have a greater risk of death.
Seniors needs change and they often become more dependent on their spouses, friends and adult children. Seniors may have difficulty coping with the changes they are experiencing, and push away those they are most dependent on because they do not want to come across as a burden. Major events, such as the loss of a spouse can also put seniors at risk for loneliness or social isolation.
Social interaction can provide seniors and older adults with a myriad of health benefits. Potentially reducing the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular problems, some cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. Social interaction can help lower blood pressure and puts seniors at a reduced risk for mental health issues, like depression.
Senior living communities provide great opportunities for social interaction and cultivating integral friendships with fellow residents. In fact, living in an assisted living community makes social interaction readily available. Activities can bring residents together and provide outlets for mental stimulation.
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Renaissance Village prides itself on its lifestyle, which is resident-focus and brings each senior into the conversation through various committees when it comes to activities, outings, food and more. Our staff and residents make up one big happy family, and we encourage residents to participate in activities and sit with other residents during meals. As friendships are formed we see residents spending time with one another and participate in meaningful conversations long after meal times or activities are over. Keep up with our activities calendar, be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.