While there is a lot of advice out there about how to stay healthy as we age, the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships is often overlooked. According to a 2017 report by the Government of Canada, about a third of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Statistics Canada found that a significant number of Canadians aged 65 and over feel isolated from others and wish they could participate in more social activities.Establishing positive social relationships with friends and family is vital to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. No matter what stage of life you are in, devoted friendships can have a real impact on overall quality of life and health. In fact, research suggests seniors who are in good health, live in safe communities, have satisfying relationships and experience meaningful roles in society are more likely to be the most socially engaged and to remain contributing members of society.While regular social interaction is beneficial at any age, research has shown older adults are particularly receptive to the positive effects of spending time with family and friends. Family members and friends can increase these interactions as easily as calling an older loved one more regularly or
getting together for a weekly meal.Additionally, there are countless ways for seniors themselves to remain socially active and create new friendships later in life.
Tips for Seniors to Stay Socially Active
There are many ways older adults can form meaningful connections with others, whether through joining a club, finding a new hobby or attending a class. Find something you enjoy that allows you to create new relationships and maintain current ones. These connections can help everyone, especially seniors, on the path to a happy and healthy life.
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