The Benefits of Socializing for the Elderly

Stories and studies about babies who are seldom held and cuddled and left un-nurtured by human contact often end up perishing or growing up with psychological disorders.

 

From birth throughout all stages of life, humans need love and caring socal interacton with friends and relatives in order to lead a fulfilling, healthy life.  In fact, numerous recent studies are proving that regular socialization can added five to six years and often more to one’s lifespan contrasted to people who reside in relative isolation.

 

Sons and daughters of aging parents, thus, may want to consider the longevity factor of socializing when considering to place their fathers and mothers in senior housing, such as an assisted living community.  Such facilities range from as little as 20 resident units to 200 and sometimes larger and provide many types of activities that allow elderly residents to enjoy mutually with other residents, who are peers.

At our Priority Life Care facilities, bingo has proven one of the favorite pastimes and perhaps draws more followers than other games.  Even those residents with some physical handicaps can participate in bingo with the assistance of nursing aides and recreational staff.

 

Bingo is just one of many social ventures seniors can interact with new friends and visiting family members.  A diligent recreation director and staff are constantly adding new creatively and mentally stimulating fun opportunities for residents.  Trivia games, dancing, field trips, organized bus rides for shopping, happy hours, in-house movies, music—are just some of the regular social events enjoyed by residents at Priority Life Care facilities.

 

The dining table is perhaps the place where the closest alliances are kept.  It is common for the same residents to keep the same tables and seating arrangement in the dining quarters for the length of their stays at the facility.  The pairings at the table often become the closet and dearest friends.

Ideally, then, residing at a an assistant living facility provides the benefits of those who need help in some aspects in daily life, but also offers the social benefits that increase the number of their days.

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