Benefits Of Socialization

Socialization for Good Health

Socialization can include anything from going for a walk with a friend, volunteering or having a conversation. However you choose to socialization, you should know that socialization plays a major role in maintaining good health, both mentally and physically. In fact, the more frequently you engage in socialization, the stronger your brain's cognitive functions become, which result in greater mental and physical wellness. Riverwood offers a variety of programs aimed at enhancing the quality of your socialization.

  • daily exercise program
  • visits from children
  • therapy dog visits
  • bazaars
  • card and board games
  • weekly bingo
  • baking groups
  • shopping and meal outings
  • live musical entertainment
  • community drives
  • walking programs
  • gardening clubs

More Happiness, Less Stress

Seniors report increased happiness and less stress when they increase their socialization time by just 3 hours a day. These mental benefits have been shown to impact seniors' physical well-being as well.

  • The rate of cognitive decline drops by an average of 70% in seniors who frequently socialize.
  • Seniors who frequently socialize have reduced their chances of developing dementia by 40%.

Socialization & Exercise

Socialization leads to an increased willingness to take part in group activities, particularly those involving exercise. This in turn leads to a more positive sense of self, greater perception of one's health, higher life satisfaction, and a stronger immune system. Increasing socialization in the form of exercise can lead to the following health benefits:

  • lower blood pressure
  • reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis