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Become a Social Butterfly and Shimmer Through Your Senior Years

It’s never too late to transform into a social butterfly. Senior living communities are designed to promote health and happiness while allowing you to build new friendships in your later years. They afford you the opportunity to age in place in a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and caring that promotes companionship among residents and staff.  

Older adults with flourishing social lives lack the physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties that isolated seniors may face. There are endless benefits to having an active social life, including:  

  • Improved wellness: Seniors who are engaged in social communities are more likely to exercise regularly, improving their physical, mental, and cognitive health. According to a study performed by the American Academy of Neurology, “people who are socially active and not easily stressed may be less likely to develop dementia.”
  • Reduced risk of depression: Surrounding yourself with warm, friendly faces will reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.  
  • Enhanced self-esteem: Whether you’re joining a club or art class at a senior living community, structured socialization will help you channel your confidence and increase your self-confidence. 

As the year ends, it’s the perfect time to start making your New Year’s resolutions - and sticking to them. Will “be more social” be one of your goals? Here’s how you can spread your wings and shimmer in your shining senior years. 

Join An Interest Group 

Many senior living communities have established support groups, special interest clubs, and civic organizations. Sugar Grove in Plainfield, Indiana is home to chapters of international service clubs such as Kiwanis International and Rotary International. You’ll find a walking club, coloring club, and book club at The Waterford at Fairfield in Fairfield, Ohio. Whatever your hobbies, you’ll likely find a group of people who share your same interests. If you can’t find a club that tickles your fancy, take the opportunity to start a group with fellow neighbors. 

Attend Community Events 

Many of our senior living communities host monthly birthday parties for residents as well as holiday celebrations, including Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas marketplaces. The Waterford on Highland Colony in Ridgeland, Mississippi likes to shake things up by hosting special events such as movie nights and cider socials. Creating a jovial atmosphere and a sense of camaraderie among residents, these specialized events are perfect for getting to know new residents. To get involved, visit the Community Life page for your community and check your monthly newsletter to keep up with socials planned by your activities director

Get Active With Group Fitness Classes 

Whether you’re walking a few laps around the community or dancing in a Jazzercise class, getting active will reduce your risk of depression, enhance your self-esteem, improve your overall wellness, and encourage you to meet new people. Specialized fitness classes such as Silver Sneakers are programs designed for seniors. Residents at Buffalo Creek in Waxahachie, Texas participate in fitness classes and walking groups while making friends and getting active. After attending a few exercise sessions, you’ll start to recognize the regulars before eventually becoming a regular yourself. 

Volunteer Your Time 

A study led by the University of Pittsburgh researcher Fengyan Tang surveyed over 200 people who were at least 50 years old and volunteered with nonprofits or government programs for an average of 6 hours per week. Tang and her colleagues found that after volunteering, older adults experienced vast improvements in their “mental health as well as other socioemotional benefits ranging from a greater feeling of productivity to increased social activity.” 

Do your research, decide what interests you, and make volunteering a part of your weekly ritual. Whether you choose to get involved with programs at your church or work at a homeless shelter, volunteering means crossing paths with someone new almost every day. 

Put Yourself Out There 

Instead of spending leisure time inside your apartment home, take your hobbies to the common areas by reading a book in the courtyard or moving your crossword puzzle solving to a common area. The dining room is the perfect place to make a bold move. Step out of your comfort zone and ask a fellow diner, “Is this seat taken?” You might just end up with a new friend by dessert.  

Get Online 

The internet has made connecting with people all across the world more accessible than ever, especially for seniors with limited mobility. Although geared toward younger generations, social media apps are an ideal way for you to share updates with friends and family members. Scroll through social media apps to stay up to date with your adult children or join an online forum to discuss your favorite TV shows. Whether you’re interested in geology or gardening, there is a website, online forum, and chat room that you will enjoy. You can even connect with your favorite businesses and celebrities by liking and following their profiles. Start by letting your social life flourish online and “liking” Capital Senior Living on Facebook

Join A Senior Center 

Although our residents have access to plenty of activities in their communities, joining a local senior center provides a refreshing change of pace. Offering dance classes, mah-jongg tournaments, recreational games, and movie showings, local senior centers are built around the idea of community. Because activities are relatively low in cost, you can return every week to partake in your favorite activities such as art classes or yoga sessions. By joining one of the 11,000 senior centers across the country, you’ll be able to converse with hundreds of new people from neighboring cities. 

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