Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy family using laptop in the park on a sunny day

As a person ages, social interaction and companionship plays a significant role in mental and physical health. We generally don’t think of companionship as something essential, but research shows that one of the most important aspects of staying healthy is social interaction. Anyone can benefit immensely from the simplest thing in the world…someone stopping in to say, “Hi!”

Here are 5 areas where companionship is vital:

  1. Help with cooking and nutrition

Nutrition is a huge part of geriatric health, but cooking and cleaning can become challenging as a person ages. A companion can help to prepare healthy and balanced meals, plus it’s just more fun cooking with friends!! When you cook with friends, you not only strengthen the friendship, but you could also learn something new and prepare dishes you might not try on your own.

  1. Socialization

Staying socially active is an important part of healthy aging. Conversations, discussions of current events, or even just good, old-fashioned neighborhood gossip are important for keeping an older person’s mind sharp.  In addition, socialization can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.

  1. Advancement

The world is changing very quickly and, with the dawn of technology, it is becoming harder and harder to keep up. Often older people are overwhelmed by the internet, cell phones and so on. They are also more easily tricked into scams by con artists who prey on older and trusting adults. A companion can help with computer skills or get them signed up for social media…or whatever it is that will make the elderly person feel more engaged with the world.

  1. Anticipation

We need to look forward to something… even it is small.  Anticipation can be beneficial for your brain, your emotions, and even your physical health, and has the ability to generate hopeful feelings.  Anticipating the arrival of a companion or friend gives that person a reason to get up and get dressed for the day and may be the highlight of their whole week!

  1. Health

People who are regularly engaged in social activities are generally healthier. Being social helps boost positive feelings that alleviate stress, and as a result keep the body healthier longer. Additionally, companionship helps keep the mind active, especially when humor and wit are introduced into conversation.

Avanti Senior Living offers a multitude of amenities to their residents that empower them to remain active, engaged and full of life.  At Avanti, residents enjoy activities, such as social games and cultural outings, which improve their minds, bodies, and strength by using a holistic approach to health and well-being. In addition to spas, salons, and workout studios, The Avanti Savor Lounge features delicious foods, beverages, and plenty of opportunities for socialization.  Technology and education classes are also offered to help residents become involve and connected so they too can socialize through modern technology.

So, just think of Avanti Senior Living as one big companion!