When some people retire, they want to get away from it all. They might purchase that home in the mountains and only head into town once a week. Others want to buy a boat so that they can “get away from it all.” At first they scoff at the idea of moving to an active adult community. Why hang out with a bunch of retirees?
But in most cases, people don’t end up getting too far away from people for too long. Most people have the urge to socialize, to get out and do something with others near their own age. Even many people who think that they’re not interested in socialization find that they’d rather fill their retirement years with other people than to simply vegetate in front of the television.
Luckily for social people, interacting with others is actually incredibly good for health. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits that seniors can get simply by having an active social life.
Better Overall Mood
One of the aspects of moving into a 55-and-older community in Auburn is that most seniors start feeling their moods lift. There are the obvious reasons, of course: the stresses of a job are behind them, they’re financially secure, and they’re still young enough to be active. All reasons to feel good.
But a big part of being in a better mood comes from being around other people. Simply being with others — talking, playing games, or simply taking a walk with someone new — can be a great mood booster.
Here’s the cool thing: even those who don’t consider themselves social people have their moods lifted. We’ve seen many people move into their new homes who were never much on socialization in the past but become the center of attention within their group of friends.
Better Mental Health
One way to keep mentally sharp as a senior is to stay socially active. Simply talking with others around you keeps the brain active and sharp. If you add another mentally-stimulating activity to the mix, such as a card game, you’re improving mental health even more. The risk of Alzheimer’s is reduced for those who are socially active compared to someone who is socially isolated.
And in case you were wondering, simply having the television on in the background isn’t really going to help stimulate you mentally. It’s the interaction with others that really helps the most. So get out there and meet someone!
There’s a lot to be said for community. If you’re socially active with the others at our active retirement community, you’ll have people to help when things go wrong. Did you lose a pet? You’ll have a friend to help you through it. Are your grown kids driving you crazy with problems they should have figured out long ago? Trust us, there’s someone here having the same problem. And if you’re not able to figure out all the new features on your cell phone, we bet there’s someone around with a tech background who can help.
Here’s something nice: having this support network isn’t just pleasant. It can also go a long way to…
Moving into a gated community for active adults eliminates many stressful activities in the lives of our homeowners. No longer do they have to worry about taking care of their lawns or landscaping. They can go for a walk in a safe, beautiful environment (and probably leave the door unlocked when they do). With the Publix and its pharmacy right outside the gate, needing to drive can be reduced exponentially. There’s just a lot less to worry about when you’re here at The Legacy at Cary Creek.
But those aren’t the only reasons that stress is reduced. It turns out that simply being social with others can significantly reduce a person’s stress. Talking about the good things that are happening, such as the grandkids coming to visit, simply relaxes people and reduces their stress. Plus, talking about the problems in life can help people work through their problems; friends tend to work as daily therapists!
Lowering stress levels can reduce issues such as high blood pressure, and it can help people physically feel better overall. It’s also a great way to get a better night’s sleep. And while we’re talking about feeling better physically, being social can also lead to…
What do people do when they get together? They do stuff. Of course, sometimes that stuff is just talking or playing Scrabble. But more often than not people end up doing something active, even if it’s just getting up to take a walk. This might not happen the first day they meet, but as friendships grow the more active people end up talking the secondary ones into doing something fun that leads to exercise.
Here at our over-55 housing community, we’ve got lots of fun activities to talk people into. The primary two are our amazing swimming pool and pickleball court. Of course, there are also the gentle slopes of the sidewalks and walking paths that can keep people moving. Even cooking in our demonstration kitchen can get people moving more than they might on a typical afternoon.
How do all of these help? Seniors who are more physically active have fewer cardiovascular problems, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Seniors who eat together are more likely to eat more nutritious, well-balanced meals; this can help boost the immune system and ward off sickness.
When you put together everything we’ve mentioned here, it’s easy to see how staying socially active leads to a longer life. When you reduce the risk of of heart problems and brain diseases, growing old can be a more enjoyable experience.
Humans are social creatures, and being around other people is simply in our nature. While these suggestions aren’t just for seniors — being social helps us throughout our lives — it’s important for seniors to remember that retirement from work doesn’t mean a retirement from society.
If you’re ready to make the most of your life, there’s no better way to stay socially active than in our adult community. Make plans to visit The Legacy at Cary Creek today!