Companionship is vital to our way of life. Regular socializing prevents feelings of loneliness, keeping us mentally and physically healthy. As we age, we are more likely to rely on other people for comfort—but it’s not always easy to find other people to socialize with! Senior living facilities offer a unique way for residents to connect with other like-minded people, with plenty of convenient social opportunities.
Read on to learn more about why socialization is important in senior living communities and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many facilities have approached socializing.
The Benefits of Socialization
Regular socialization allows for developing interpersonal relationships, improving companionship and enhancing way of life. Socializing also helps to enhance cognitive capacity, including conceptual reasoning and memory. A recent study by the Alzheimer’s Association shows that the number of people with dementia over 65 could increase to 13.8 million.
In addition to the cognitive benefits, there are many emotional benefits to socialization. People who lead active social lives have increased feelings of happiness and a better sense of well-being. According to the Mayo Clinic, socializing can even help you live longer!
A New Trend in Activity Planning
Many senior living facilities traditionally have active social calendars, with scheduled events throughout the week. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many places run their activities. Rather than having an activity coordinator plan out a schedule, some senior living facilities have transitioned to a free-form socializing model—allowing residents to choose the type of activities they partake in. This method of activity planning gives residents more input and control over their free time.
Heading Into the Holiday Season
The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often one of the most socially-busy times of the year, with get-togethers and holiday parties happening all the time. However, many senior living facilities have had to get creative with their party-planning as we navigate the “new normal” of the pandemic.
At Innovation Senior Living, we’re passionate about supporting senior living facilities and their residents. We know how important it is to create a community of engaged residents by providing opportunities to socialize. Visit our website to see our services, or call 1-800-425-9914 to learn more about how we can work together.