As seniors reach a point in life when it’s becoming more difficult to move around freely, it’s not uncommon for their social life to take a bit of a downturn as well. However, getting social is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to maintain mobility and improve their quality of life. There are many great places for seniors to meet new people, make friends and experience the perks of a social lifestyle.
Benefits of being social
There are many reasons to maintain regular socialization, especially for seniors. Not only are there significant benefits to a person’s physical health, their mental health will experience positives as well.
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Incorporating even an hour or two of socializing into each day can help to:
- Maintain or improve physical health and mobility
- Reduce stress
- Relieve anxiety and reduce depression
- Improve mental health
- Booth immune system
- Maintain independence
- Encourage new experiences
- Foster new relationships
- Increase life expectancy
Many options for socialization
There are many settings that offer opportunities for seniors to socialize in their day-to-day life. Whether they are interested in meeting people of similar age and place to life or want to get out and meet people in their community, there are a number of options available.
Community senior centers
Many communities have a community center dedicated to seniors in the area. They often host classes, get togethers, group trips, coffee hours and parties that are the perfect setting for seniors to socialize with each other.
Sign up for senior fitness classes
Local gyms, fitness clubs and swimming pools often offer classes specifically for seniors. Engaging in physical activity can not only help seniors have fun with fellow attendees, but also help improve their mobility and physical health.
Socialization doesn’t have to happen exclusively in person! Although technology and social media may be intimidating for many seniors, there are many opportunities for engagement if they are open to learning. Especially for those seniors who struggle with mobility and getting out of their home, the internet can be a great way to connect.
Volunteer in the community
Volunteering is a great way for people of all ages to find connection and socialization. With many different kinds of volunteer groups operating in communities everywhere, there is no shortage of options for seniors. Choosing a volunteer opportunity that is aligned with their interests can help seniors to feel fulfilled each day, and to make connections with fellow volunteers.
Local church groups
Local church groups often do volunteer work in the community, plan social events, go on social outings and participate in group activities. These groups are often perfect settings for seniors to get out of the house and meet new people with similar interests.
Seniors travel groups
Although mobility may be reduced as people age, often their love of travel doesn’t! Joining a local travel group can provide seniors with like-minded friendships, and potential travel partners. Whether the group focuses on local excursions or plans cruises and trips abroad, a senior’s travel group will focus on the unique needs of their demographic.
Special interest clubs or classes
Colleges, libraries and community groups often host a number of special interest clubs and classes for locals. Whether they are interested in photography, gardening, golf, language learning, cooking, ceramics, art or any other number of activities, seniors can join a club or sign up for a class to meet others with similar interests.
Mobility aids can make life easier
For most social opportunities, a level of mobility is needed in order to fully participate in the experience. However, even if moving around is difficult, this is no reason to avoid it! Using a mobility aid like a cane or rollator walker can help get seniors out of their home and into a social environment. Rollator walkers can be a significant support for seniors, especially as they find their balance and stamina declining with age. With a number of additional features that can further simplify life, a rollator walker is the perfect accessory for a social lifestyle.