Personal relationships and regular interactions with others have proven to be key factors in achieving and maintaining a high-quality life. Socializing provides a number of physical and mental health benefits, including building a stronger immune system. In addition, there has been accumulating evidence that socializing is good for our brain health and may lower our risk of dementia. Research has shown that an enriched social environment helps to enhance the creation of new brain cells and promote brain repair.
As we age, however, life circumstances may push us toward loneliness and isolation unless we take proactive steps to cultivate relationships. One of the most positive steps older adults can take to enhance their well-being is to become a part of an independent living community. Residents often thrive in such communities due to the increased opportunities for socializing as well as for physical activities.
Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decrease negative feelings throughout our life. Socializing and exercising are the most potent and side-effect-free medicines available – helping us keep a positive outlook on life and a healthy mental state.