While many of us struggle to find some alone time in our busy lives, many seniors experience a significant amount of time on their own. Rather than providing time away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, significant time alone has a negative impact on seniors.
As we age, health conditions or limitations can make it difficult to drive, visit family and friends, and participate in activities and social gatherings at the same levels as we did in the past.
For seniors, this restriction can have a detrimental effect on their health. However, being socially active has been shown repeatedly to have an often dramatic, positive impact on senior health. To start, studies indicate seniors who actively engage in creative activities are less likely to suffer from depression, make three fewer doctor visits per year, and take an average of two fewer medications than their less-active counterparts.
Let’s take a closer look at just a few benefits of being socially active for seniors: