Did you know that seniors with dementia are more prone to the risks of social isolation and depression than those without? Research from the Alzheimer’s Association has shown that people who are regularly engaged in social interactions and activities maintain better overall cognitive functions. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, our assisted living professionals from Renaissance Assisted Living in Richfield recommend staying active and social for a number of reasons.
A Decline in Cognitive Abilities
According to a recent study from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), people who have more love and support in their lives have a significantly lower chance of developing memory-loss symptoms. The study surveyed 2,249 elderly women over the course of four years, focusing on the amount of social interaction and support they received on a daily basis. Researchers discovered that the elderly women who had larger social networks were 26 percent less likely to develop dementia than participants with smaller social circles.
Physical Benefits of Mental Stimulation
Healthy lifestyle changes don’t have to be drastic and staying socially active and connected can help. According to the University of Rochester’s Medical Center, an increase in social activity among seniors can potentially lower blood pressure along with reducing the risk of arthritis and cardiovascular complications. Scientists believe this is because seniors who are more socially engaged are also more physically active by default and more likely to maintain a nutritious diet.
Combat Mental Health Conditions
Social isolation can frequently lead to deep depression or feelings of high anxiety. People who are engaged in frequent social activities are typically less stressed and anxious throughout the week because being surrounded by friends and family increases individual confidence and can fulfill a sense of purpose.
At Renaissance Assisted Living, we believe in enhancing the lives of our members through a social interactions and an encouraged sense of belonging. Our senior assisted living facility is committed to providing seniors with a comfortable, safe and rewarding place to call home.