#9 - Maintain Social Contact
Staying connected to friends, family and the community helps you to stay healthy, both emotionally and physically. To the emotional and the physical we can add the cognitive, too. Research shows that people with regular social interaction maintain their brain vitality and fend off mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
As we all know, staying connected isn’t always easy as you grow older—even for those who have always had an active social life. Here are some tips to help you maintain social contact:
- Get involved with your community.
- Volunteer with organizations - giving back to the community is a wonderful way to strengthen social bonds and meet others.
- Spend time with people you enjoy and who make you feel upbeat.
- Spend time with at least one person everyday. Phone calls and email don't count!
Additional resources: Alzheimer's Association. (2007). Remain Socially Active. Retrieved July 31, 2007
MedicineNet. (2007). Retrieved August 1, 2007
Positive Aging Resource Center. (2004). Staying Connected. Retrieved July 31, 2007