As has been said, “A man cannot live on bread alone.” Human beings are inherently social animals, and isolation or lack of engagement can have a tremendous toll, not just on the mind, but on the body as well. In this article, we’ll talk about why socialization is critically important to healthy senior living and how BridgeWater communities foster that sense of community and belonging.
As human beings, we aren’t just creatures of flesh and blood. The things that make us human are our intelligence and our emotional capacity—our ability to think, reason, and feel empathy for others.
Consequently, loneliness can do far more than just make us feel sad. The physiological effects of emotions like loneliness and stress can be devastating in the long-term. These negative emotions can have real drawbacks, not just on our mental health, but on physical health as well.
Loneliness can be a serious threat to our health in multiple ways:
As you can see, being isolated and cut off from your fellow humans can have a real, and serious, negative effect on your well-being.
Many older individuals, who may find themselves struggling to get out and socialize as they did when younger, can be at a high risk of loneliness. Family may not live nearby, and they aren’t going out to bars like they might have once done.
While loneliness can have a terrible effect on senior health, the opposite is also true: a healthy senior lifestyle is one that benefits from socialization. There are many tremendous health benefits of socialization:
It can be challenging to find adequate levels of socialization when you’re not getting out and about like you did when you were younger. Here are some great ideas for older individuals looking for social engagement:
If you want to know more about BridgeWater and how we promote healthy senior living, please contact us today.