At the Warm Valley Lodge assisted living facility- Life is celebrated and independence is respected.
Research indicates that a senior with an active social lifestyle helps them to maintain a sharp mind and stay connected to the world around them. Seniors also develop a sense of belonging and happiness. The American Academy of Neurology studied the relationship between dementia, stress, and socialization and found that “people who are socially active and not easily stressed may be less likely to develop dementia”.
Socialization is critical for people of all ages, but seniors are often prone to isolation. In their former years they spent time busy in the workplace and in the home raising a family. At retirement age the opportunities for socialization often decrease, especially if the senior must rely on others for needs, especially transportation.
Researchers with the Annals of Family Medicine concluded that: “Social contact may be as effective as physical activity in improving mood and quality of life” and “social participation and social support networks are paramount to long-term positive outcomes and psychological well-being for older people”.
Multiple studies indicate that an active social life can;
- boost the immune system
- reduce physical pain
- reduce depression
- lower blood pressure
It is common for seniors to resist change, and some may need encouragement to get more socially involved, but the benefits of an active social lifestyle reach well into the future. At the Warm Valley Lodge residents have access to friends and staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and yet have all the privacy they want. We often see huge improvements in wellbeing when people move in to the Lodge based on the quality food, exercise, increased activities/socialization and medication management. Feel free to call or stop by for more information.