We all deal with loneliness from time to time. Life transitions such as relocating to a new place, the death of a loved one, or friends moving away all spark feelings of loss and isolation. It may take a while, but most of the time, we’re able to work through these transitions and carry on. For seniors who aren’t satisfying their social needs or lack a social circle that provides friendship and connection, poor health is the result.

More social interaction can remedy this. Socialization in senior living communities, like Glen Oaks Community, makes it easy for seniors to improve social connections and decrease loneliness. Residents live close to their neighbors and are surrounded by staff, which is reassuring if friends or family do not live nearby or aren’t able to visit often.

A person’s mobility and dexterity will naturally decline as they age, which makes completing everyday tasks more difficult. This can gradually cause people to care for themselves and prevents them from being social, pursuing interests, or taking part in activities they enjoy. Experts have proven that socialization among older adults not only keeps the brain sharp, but it can even decrease the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Many aging adults are at risk of being isolated, which is one of the leading causes of depression among seniors.

At TimberCrest at Glen Oaks Community socialization is part of residents’ everyday life. Both an activity calendar and a wellness calendar are distributed to residents every month. Residents have the option to choose which activities they would like to participate in. From scheduled activities like Bingo, Sit and Be Fit, lunch and learns, music events, celebrating National holidays, to spontaneous events like swimming, sitting in the hot tub, playing billiards, cards and board games and Celebrating Birthdays, TimberCrest offers activities to keep seniors mind and body healthy and active.

Why is Socializing important for the elderly?

Socialization may improve memory and longevity as it reduces stress and isolation. Many seniors socialize by spending time in group exercise classes — which can provide several physical benefits, including the potential to increase lifespan.

Living in a friendly and trusting community where you know your neighbors and are part of the lively day-to-day energy is an instant mood booster. It can improve the outlook of someone who’s been feeling alone and give them something to look forward to when they get up in the morning.

We encourage you to check on TimberCrest at Glen Oaks online at www.glenoakscommunity.org or by calling Kim to schedule a private visit at (641) 355-1203.