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Assisted Living: The *NEW* Social Network You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Socialization in young children is commonplace, but it is easy to neglect the significance of socialization for older adults. As we age, we might tend to feel lonely or isolated. It is imperative to be proactive in forming new relationships, whether living alone, or in an assisted living community.

There are numerous benefits of socialization for our aging loved ones.

Activities/Programs

Fortunately, assisted living communities provide easy ways for seniors to socialize.  Virtually all are designed with the principle of providing occasions for residents to interact and connect. Also, these communities provide residents with activities and programs designed to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. We can help our loved ones get involved. There are countless activities, programs and events available.  We can help him/her meet new people that share the same or similar interests.  Thereby making new friends and strengthening existing relationships.

For example, assisted living communities offer many outreach programs to keep seniors involved in the community. This includes working with kids, animals, or non-profit organizations. As a result, involvement in the community makes people feel like they are contributing to society. Having a connection and contributing feels good. Engaging in activities and group events, while learning new skills, allows seniors to bond with new friends while promoting physical and mental health.

Cognitive Health

Social interaction is vital to maintaining good mental health.  It can decrease the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. It can also delay or prevent cognitive impairment. Close relationships and large social networks have a beneficial impact on memory and cognitive function as people age. There are many ways that residents can participate in mentally stimulating social activities far into their later years. This includes playing games, chess, or participating in a book club or cooking class.

Mental Health

To help our loved ones become more social, family members should visit and engage in some of the activities as well. This will make our loved ones more comfortable to socialize with other residents in the assisted living community. This helps to increase self-confidence, self-esteem and mental sharpness. In addition, socialization helps to reduce stress, enhance a sense of well-being and happiness, and lengthen life span. Anything that builds physical and mental health can contribute to a positive mental outlook. Over time, our loved ones will begin to develop meaningful relationships with fellow residents, thereby giving the person a sense of purpose and belonging.

Avanti Senior Living offers exactly what our loved ones need and deserve because of the type of welcoming atmosphere, personal service and current amenities to make them feel comfortable and at-home. Not only does Avanti provide Wi-Fi throughout the entire community, it encourages residents to engage in educational classes, exercises and a multitude of exceptional programs. Furthermore, the professional, hand-selected staff at Avanti makes the transition to assisted living care-free and without stress.

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