Friday, July 01, 2022
“The pandemic has reminded us how much we need our relationships – not only for our happiness but also for our health. Our social connections are our lifeline. In the face of alarmingly high levels of loneliness across the age span, now is the time for us to rebuild our connections and build a truly people-centered life.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
According to UC Davis, wellness is “caring for your mind, body, and soul.” Social wellness is just as important to our health and well-being. Healthy relationships and positive connections with others allows for giving and receiving social support, protecting our mental health. Each of these aspects of our wellness are interconnected.
We know that poor physical, mental, and financial health contribute to chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and a lowered immune system. But so does poor social health. The relationships that we build and maintain contribute to a better quality of life, longer life span, improved emotional well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose. Families and communities also benefit when we are socially engaged and can share our knowledge, talent, skills, experience, and wisdom.
There are many ways we can develop and nurture our social health by building and maintaining connections with others and our community! Programs are available through AgeGuide and our local partners that promote engagement and increase social connections for older adults and caregivers. You can find a list and links below. In addition, there are many ways older adults can stay active and engaged in their communities—whether it is through volunteering, arts programs, lifelong learning, honing their technical skills or participating in intergenerational activities, there is something for everyone!
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