Monday, May 27, 2019

August 2014

As you get older and retire or move to a new community, you may not have as many opportunities to socialize as you did when you were younger.  If you’re not getting out and about each day, you may be missing out on important social interactions that may help you stay sharp and healthy.

There are many health benefits of social interaction:

  • Reduces risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduces risk for Alzheimer’s disease  
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces risk for mental health issues such as depression

A few risks of social isolation include:

  • Feeling lonely and depressed
  • Being less physically active
  • Having high blood pressure

Social interaction helps keep your brain from getting rusty and it is most effective when combined with an overall healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and physical activity.

Commission on Aging offers many ways to become and remain socially and physically active and meet new friends: (Here's just some of what's happing at Commission on Aging)

  • Volunteer at the Commission on Aging. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.
  • Come have fun and learn with us!  We offer many special events and classes.
  • Travel with us…meet new friends and discover new places.  We offer a number of exciting, affordable travel opportunities.
  • Stay physically active by participating in our Yoga, Tai Chi, Water Aerobics, Zumba Gold, Aerobics and Aqua Zumba classes.
  • Visit Commission on Aging and participate in activities you enjoy; such as playing cards, dominoes, pinochle or bingo.  Join our book club or amateur photography group; come learn to play an instrument with one of our many musical groups.  
  • Join us for lunch.  We offer a nutritious, well-balanced meal everyday at noon for a suggested donation of $2.50 (for those over 60), $5 for those under 60. See this month's menu.

Staying socially active, maintaining relationships and meeting new friends plays an important part in healthy aging.  Stay as vibrant, active and social as you’ve always been.  

Marcy Hosking, Activity Program Coordinator