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The Importance of Staying Social

An elderly man and woman talk outside

Everyone knows that physical activity goes a long way towards cultivating a healthy lifestyle. But, did you know that social activity may be just as important?

Socially isolated older adults have been found to have a higher risk of sickness and disability, as well as higher blood pressure, and an increased risk of early death.

Being socially engaged may actually help to avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to a study published in the Journal of Biomedical Science in 2018, “Social isolation […] is considered the major source of mental and psychosocial stress,” which is a prominent factor in the high prevalence of neurological diseases.

Being involved in social activities can not only make your life more interesting and engaging, but it can also help to keep many of the negative effects of aging away.

A few ways to stay socially engaged include joining a club or church group; volunteering; visiting friends and family; and playing games like chess, checkers, bridge, and poker.

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