By staying socially active as you age, senior citizens can enjoy a more satisfying and productive lifestyle. Staying active not only makes life more exciting but can enhance your physical and mental health throughout your golden years. As a senior, there are many ways you can stay involved in your local community. Here are just a few:
Nurture Personal Relationships
Retirement gives you more time to nurture personal relationships and draw closer to family and friends. Staying connected with loved ones will give your life greater meaning and purpose as you share common interests and goals. It also provides you with a sense of belonging, which will counter any struggles you may have with loneliness and depression. By establishing closer bonds with family and friends, seniors can also develop a strong support system of caring individuals to watch over them in their elderly years.
Join a Senior Center
Today's senior centers have resources that seniors can take advantage of to stay physically and socially active in their golden years. At senior centers, you can meet new people, participate in activities you enjoy, learn new skills or socialize with people your own age. Seniors who regularly socialize with others are more likely to live happier, healthier lives. Socialization not only stimulates mental and physical health but adds greater interest and satisfaction to your lifestyle.
Volunteering not only benefits others but can add greater meaning to a senior’s life, helping them feel useful and find purpose. Depending on your community, volunteer projects may consist of helping in a soup kitchen, teen counseling, distribution of clothing to needy families, disaster relief and more. Through volunteering, seniors can make a positive contribution to the community while improving their mental and social skills.
Take a Class at a Community College
If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge or learning a new skill, consider taking classes at a community college. College studies can help sharpen your mind while providing a means to stay socially active. Mental and social stimulation can help ward off symptoms of depression, isolation, dementia and other mental problems.
Take on a Part-Time Job
Taking on a part-time job can boost a senior’s confidence after retirement and provide additional cash for wants and needs. By opting for a job that’s challenging and/or enjoyable, seniors can look forward to their work rather than try to avoid it. The right job can provide seniors with a sense of accomplishment and give them the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to their community.
At Beverly Hills Carmel, we recognize the importance that physical and mental stimulation plays in helping seniors age happily and healthily. By organizing interesting activities and offering transportation to cultural landmarks and events, we make it easy for seniors to enjoy an active lifestyle. To learn more about our assisted living community and what it has to offer, schedule a tour of Beverly Hills Carmel today.