Getting together over a cup of coffee. Eating dinner together. Sharing a few laughs. There’s nothing better than socializing with friends. Friends can be the next best thing to family — some even become like family. And, interacting with friends is very good for your health. Socializing can be especially good for seniors — and studies prove it.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that staying socially active helps keep loneliness and depression at bay. Hanging out with friends can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, can lower blood pressure and may help maintain memory and cognitive function.
Making new friends is also good for one’s health. According to a recent study, “…older adults who interacted with people beyond their usual social circle of family and close friends were more likely to have higher levels of physical activity, greater positive moods and fewer negative feelings.” (The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Science, February 20, 2019.) The reason may be simple — interacting with more people and making new friends encourages each of us to be more physically and socially active, to do more and expect more from each day.
At any age, it’s important to make friends. Fortunately, it’s very easy to make new friends at Summit Pointe. There are so many opportunities to develop friendships and share good times with neighbors — from a multitude of activities like wine tastings to low impact group exercise classes. As one happy Summit Pointe resident put it, “The community is just the right size to allow opportunity to interact with other community members. We have already made many new friends.”
The team at Summit Pointe believes you’re never too old to meet new people and make new friends. Join a class or a book club, play cards, take a day trip, or enjoy some quiet time at home. It’s always your choice at Summit Pointe.
Too often, when contemplating a move, it can be easy to focus on what we may be giving up. But a move to Summit Pointe can add so much to your life: a sense of belonging, new friends, new activities, a more manageable day-to-day life, less pressure to cook and clean, and so much more.