We all know it’s important to stay healthy and balanced. When entering your golden years, it’s especially important. Being on top of a balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise, and having a regular sleep routine is necessary to making your retirement years your very best.
And as we age, it’s not only necessary to have our own physical health in mind, but our emotional health, too. That’s why having and maintaining healthy and emotionally stimulating relationships in your senior years is remarkably beneficial. In fact, according to research, it may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain your overall health and well-being.
How Friendships Can Help Improve Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Studies show that seniors who spend more time making social connections are less likely to experience difficult cognitive decline than those who feel more isolated. Alzheimer’s, for example, can often be a looming concern for older adults. Research suggests that spending time socializing and having satisfying connections with others can assist in helping older adults minimize or avoid some of the most common symptoms.
Having good friends around can also help you maintain your self-confidence and self-esteem. Friends, family, and other valuable support systems not only provide a sense of belonging, but remind you of your importance in life and to life. They can also encourage you to try new things and live to your full potential. A good friend can be someone to go out to lunch with; to meal prep alongside; to head to the gym or the park and work out with. In short? Having a friend can help you feel better – while inspiring you to live better.
How Personal Relationships Can Help Improve Your Physical Health
We all know that staying physically active is necessary for your health, no matter what your age. When someone feels isolated or alone, however, they tend to do less and don’t get out as much. The fewer reasons someone has to go out and engage in social activities, the more sedentary one can get—and the more their health can suffer.
When you have friends around to lift up and encourage you, you’re more likely to take that extra step—literally. Even just meeting up with some friends for a morning walk or a mild water aerobics class can make for positive long-term health effects.
Did you know, for example, that older adults are more likely to get medical screenings when they have friends around to encourage them? This means that detrimental health issues can be avoided or taken care of sooner, leading to better well-being overall.
What’s more, studies have found that older adults who report having closer social connections also report living longer, and suffering fewer chronic health conditions, than their more isolated peers.
Beyond the Science
Sometimes the studies leave out a very simple point about our emotional and spiritual well-being, too: Life becomes warmer and more vibrant when we have someone to share things with, bounce ideas off of, lean on, call when we’re stressed, and to talk with at length about fun, fascinating, or inspiring topics.
Because we believe in all things health at Enrollment Specialists, we not only encourage cultivating and holding on to the friendships that have already proved joyous in your life so far, but to be open and enthusiastic for those that are coming your way—you never know what you may find. When focusing on the relationships in your life, we encourage not only looking for fun, but also connecting with those you find encouraging and uplifting as well. In the long-term, the benefits could be truly enormous.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting more isolated. In fact, there are countless ways to get out and get involved in your community, and build positive and lasting friendships. From taking a cooking class, to volunteering at a local organization, to signing up for group training at your local gym, to joining a local yoga or pilates event, to meeting new people while crossing off your vacation bucket list, there is no shortage of ways to get out and start making fresh connections.
We’re Here to Make Life Easier and Healthier
The Enrollment Specialists would love to hear from you. Have genuine, thriving relationships helped you or a loved one in their senior years live a healthier life? Are there any particular challenges or positives you have found in helping a senior relative maintain those relationships, or find new ones? Be sure to let us know your thoughts over on Facebook, where our community of health and wellness lovers always keeps the conversation flowing.
And remember, one of the best ways to maintain an active, fulfilling life, no matter your age, is to make sure you have the health coverage that will work for you. If you ever have any questions about health insurance, including Medicare Supplement plans, the Enrollment Specialists are here to help set you down the right path. Led by our owner and principal consultant, Matt Peebles, we believe that there truly is a perfect plan for everyone, and we’ll put our expertise to work to help you create yours.
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