The Phoenix

THE IMPORTANCE OF A SOCIAL LIFESTYLE AS WE AGE

- By Samantha Gordon Promoting Senior Wellness is provided by The Hickman, a Quakeraffi­liated licensed personal care home in West Chester, where Samantha Gordon is communicat­ions and outreach manager. She can be reached at sgordon@thehickman.org or www.theh

We all love getting together with family and friends, whether we are celebratin­g another birthday or hosting a dinner party.

Being surrounded by loved ones makes us feel happy and confident, and social activity is important for our health, physically and mentally.

Studies have shown those who surround themselves with a positive social life are more likely to live a longer lifespan.

The impact a social lifestyle has on us mentally

When we surround ourselves with our favorite people, whether it’s at church, getting coffee or attending

an event, we have less chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s in the future. As we interact with other people. it promotes a positive effect on our mind as we keep it active and running.

Reducing social isolation and depression can improve our longevity and memory. Even lowering our stress can have lasting effects. A meditation class, book club or any activity that you enjoy doing with others can improve our mental health.

Staying physically healthy while socially active

Maintainin­g a healthy,

active lifestyle can have numerous positive effects on our bodies. Whether we walk to the store with a friend or join a yoga class, we are affecting how our body reacts to what we are doing. Participat­ing in healthy, safe exercise and diet with the motivation of others can lower certain health issues such as blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

There are many different social activities to participat­e in. Join a volunteer committee, a club, class or attend an event and see the many opportunit­ies it provides.

If trying a new exercise regimen, be sure to consult

your doctor first to ensure it is the safe option for you.

As always, in times like these it’s important to be cautious when around others. Visit cdc.gov for guidelines for attending large and small events and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 ?? COURTESY OF THE HICKMAN ?? Maintainin­g a healthy, active lifestyle can have numerous positive effects on our bodies.
COURTESY OF THE HICKMAN Maintainin­g a healthy, active lifestyle can have numerous positive effects on our bodies.

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