There’s nothing like swapping stories over a hot cup of coffee or experiencing something new with someone close to you. As we get older, that desire for a connection with another person doesn’t change. It’s important to create a dependable support system to share in all of life’s ups and downs. Your current relationships and friendships you’ll continue to make over time can promote healthy aging and help you grow more as a person.
The Importance of Friendship as You Age
Did you know that friendship is one of the many factors that impact your overall health? There are actually a variety of benefits you receive through your connections to others, including:
- Better Physical Health. The people we choose to spend our time with tend to influence our choices. If your friends opt for fresh food that is full of nutrients when you share a meal, you’ll likely follow suit. If they choose food that’s filled with fats or sugars, you most likely will, as well. Those influences don’t only apply to food, though. When your friends decide to spend their days in front of the television, you’ll likely fall into this sedentary lifestyle; but, if they prefer to get outside and walk, you’ll enjoy the benefits of movement, too. Spending time with friends who are active and focused on living a healthy lifestyle will help you improve your own physical health and wellness.
- Improved Mental Health. As you continue to age, it can be easy to find yourself isolated from others. This loneliness can be detrimental to your health, as it can increase the possibility of developing cognitive difficulties, like Alzheimer’s disease or mental illness, such as anxiety and depression. A less severe effect of seclusion is the lack of desire to complete daily tasks, but that can have an impact on your overall wellness, too. A great way to fight the loneliness and isolation is to join a senior living community like Garden Plaza. You’ll be surrounded by friends and neighbors who can improve your mood and help you feel like an integral part of the community.
- Increased Safety. Having family and friends in your life can help enhance your level of safety. Aging can have a negative effect on your mobility and increase your risk of falls and injuries. If you live alone in your home, that can be a recipe for disaster. Just having friends and family in your life who check in on you frequently means a lower chance of accidents that can be detrimental to your health.
Experience Healthy Aging at Garden Plaza
Garden Plaza of Florissant believes you should never be lonely. We also know that your social wellness is directly tied to your overall health. That’s why our assisted living community offers a vibrant lifestyle full of connection and social involvement. We offer a rotating selection of activities every month that keep you active and connected to others in our shared community. Grab a friend and enjoy an exercise class with our trainer Carmen, join the walking club, have a meaningful conversation during happy hour and more! See how vibrant life can be — especially in your later years — by contacting our team today!
This content is for educational purposes only and does not serve as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult your healthcare provider. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.