Feeling socially connected is important at any age, and it becomes even more important as we get older. Maintaining meaningful social relationships help seniors enjoy longer and healthier lives mentally, emotionally and physically. At Regency Park Senior Living, our residents enjoy being a part of an inviting and socially engaged community.
As we age, our brain mass decreases from shrinkage in the frontal lobe and hippocampus which causes decreased blood flow to the brain. Also, the hormones and proteins that protect and repair our brains begin to decrease. All of this contributes to the impairment of memory and cognitive skills. Research from a Harvard study has shown that more socially engaged seniors experienced slower rates of cognitive decline.
Seniors are confronted with a high degree of stress caused by the loss of loved ones and age-related ailments. According to the CDC, an estimated 7 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression. For many this is brought on because they have become isolated and alone. Having the support of friends and community allows seniors to feel connected and have a sense of purpose.
When seniors maintain an involved social lifestyle, they are also more likely to stay physically active which can lead to lower blood pressure, lengthen lifespan, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues as well as arthritis. It also improves nutrition since people tend to eat more in social settings, which in turn boosts the immune system.
Regency Park Senior Living provides the opportunity for seniors to be a part of a community as well as stay physically and socially involved. Seniors, along with their peers, can participate in a wealth of engaging daily activities. These include outings, guest lectures, art classes, tai chi, yoga, dance and fitness classes. Happy hour, live entertainment, planned social events, and daily dining are always resident favorites. At Regency Park residents also have the security of knowing there is always someone there to help.