Staying Social-Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
We recently published a blog post lauding the benefits of exercise at preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. However, exercise is not the only thing that you have control over that can help fight this disease. Cultivating and maintaining an active social life can contribute immensely to reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s.
It is often noted that humans are social creatures. Unlike other animals, we do not fare well in isolation. It is not only our moods and our outlook on life that improve as a result of social interactions but also our brain’s health. Thus, making a strong network of friends and maintaining a good relationship with family is crucial.
Social engagement doesn’t mean that you have to be the life of the party or the most outgoing person you know. It simply means that you need to have some level of face-to-face interactions with others that care about you and make you feel loved in some way. Senior isolation is one of many factors that can lead to health problems, including Alzheimer’s. Try to stay active in the community and engaged with others with the following ideas.
Volunteering not only makes worthy and noble use of your time, but also helps you connect with people that have a similar passion. Choosing where to volunteer depends on your physical capabilities and your interests as well as what is available in your area. You may choose to volunteer at places such as a soup kitchen or even a pet shelter. The benefits of volunteering are twofold: not only do you have the chance to interact with like-minded individuals; you also have the pleasure of knowing that you are working to support a good cause.
Group classes can mean either at the gym or even at the local community college. Joining a group class at a gym will help you in the exercise department as well while joining a class will help you keep your mind sharp. Reach out to the nearest college and see if they offer any opportunities for individuals like you to sit in on a class and absorb the lessons.
Making friends doesn’t have to mean going far. Getting to know your neighbors will help you feel more connected to your community and help you maintain social interactions.
Search out clubs and social groups that you could join such as a local book club or art club. Seek out something that aligns with your interests and sign up to meet people that share your hobby. Regularly scheduled meetings will help you keep your social calendar full!
Friends Date Night
Make it a point to meet up with your friends at least once a week or as often as possible. Hanging out with your friends doesn’t need to be an extravagant affair. You can have a little get together at one of your homes or take a walk in the park, visit a museum, or go see a movie. If visiting often is not possible, make an effort to call one another.