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Why Seniors in Transitional Care Need Social Connections

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Socializing is a critical part of our day-to-day lives and it is even more important for seniors, especially when they are in transitional care. Social connections help to boost mental, emotional, and physical health in seniors and ensure that they have a better quality of life. Below are some of the proven benefits of social connection for seniors.

Fewer Physical Health Problems

Preventing social isolation is vital for seniors in transitional care. That is why caregivers offer all the support needed to boost socializing and allow their residents to be part of the community. This not just elevates the mood of seniors but it also helps them to stay engaged and participate in physical activities that in turn boost their overall health.

Simple socializing and group activities like dancing, yoga, and reading classes and keep the mind and body of seniors active, which helps to prevent many of the common ailments associated with aging. Likewise, when seniors have difficulty moving around, staying in touch with the community helps to build their self-esteem and stay away from feelings of isolation and abandonment. See the services that we provide at Horizon Recuperative Care on our Our Services page.

Disease Prevention

Studies have established that socializing has a great effect on the overall health of seniors, be it in the form of religious or volunteer affiliations, or staying in touch with friends and acquaintances. It is also seen that social connection and a strong sense of community helps seniors to experience lower rates of diseases and can even help to reduce mortality rates.

Researches on the health benefits of socializing also say that social engagement helps seniors to experience reduced cognitive and physical limitations over time. Besides, experts also assert that social connections allow seniors to recover from their existing health conditions faster while keeping away from other common diseases and complications related to aging.

Sense of Belonging

Seniors who are socially connected also have a superior sense of belonging, even when they are in transitional care. This can eventually translate into their physical, mental, and emotional health, and aid in their recovery from any specific condition that they are experiencing. Social engagement also helps seniors to accept respite care more easily because they are confident with their place in the world. Visit the Our Facilities page on our site to see how our facility encourages social connections.

At the same time, socializing allows seniors to find purpose and maintain their sense of belonging, which shows positive impacts on their overall health and quality of life. A study in this aspect even found that seniors who felt that they are an important part of the community perceived their health better than those with a lower sense of belonging did. Contact Horizon Recuperative Care to speak with us about your options.

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