Even with social distancing

No one has to tell you that being alone can make you sad and depressed—unless of course, you just need some “me” time. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to socialize, to be with other like-minded individuals whose company you enjoy.

Perhaps it’s as simple as chatting over a cup of coffee, or watching a movie together, or even bird watching together. Want a bite to eat? Summit Pointe whisks you away for lunch in town with neighbors! A game of pool or cards can do wonders for your frame of mind. How about a group exercise class? Summit Pointe has exercise classes six days a week. And don’t forget about Bible class.

Good for mind and body.

The fact is that socialization can positively affect your mental and physical health. According to Elder Care Alliance, cognitive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections compared to those who had little social contact with others. The American Academy of Neurology and the Mayo Clinic couldn’t agree more. They found that social seniors are at a decreased risk for developing cognitive impairments such as dementia.

What’s more, a recent study by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, part of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, found that seniors who reported having a few hours a day of social interaction were found to be happier, less stressed, and less likely to develop depression. That’s certainly reason enough to socialize!

Also consider this: if you don’t get out and about, your physical health suffers as well. Socializing can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, you may even boost your immune system.

Laughter is the best medicine.

Here’s another good reason to get together with friends—laughter! Did you know that laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain? So get out, get active and share a good laugh or two! Of course, during these social distancing times, it’s important to keep your distance—6 feet, that is. Just be safe while socializing!