With aging comes the risk of depression, isolation and anxiety. However, you can bypass many of the challenges that come with aging by staying social. Whether you’re a widow who struggles to stay active, or you’re simply looking for new ways to enjoy your golden years, we’ve got two simple ways to stay engaged and enjoy all life has to offer!
As published by Everyday Health, “One recent study from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that highly social seniors had a 70 percent lower rate of cognitive decline than their less social peers. Another study by researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham discovered that Internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in depressive symptoms.” Pick and choose the social activity that works best for you!
Kill two birds with one stone by exercising with a friend, neighbor or spouse! Daily exercise can boost endorphins, which allows seniors to feel happier and more positive. Combine exercise with a good friend or companion, and it’s a great way to feel supported and socially engaged. Bored with your morning walk? Then change things up with a yoga or pilates class!
According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the 74-plus demographic is the fastest-growing group across Web-based social networks. Play online mind games to boost cognitive function, or post pictures of your garden, recent travels or meals you’re preparing. It’s a great way to stay connected to far-away family members and friends.
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