Our need for connection and a sense of purpose doesn’t change as we age. In fact, a rich life, full of meaning, is just as important for seniors as it is for teenagers. The benefits of socialising and feeling part of a community can be felt emotionally, physically and cognitively.
When we leave the workplace or find ourselves getting out less, whether because of disability or illness, it’s not uncommon to begin to feel redundant and/or isolated. Loneliness and a lack of interest can pose health risks, including emotional, physical and cognitive. Here’s how volunteer participation is the perfect way to counteract it.
Emotional benefits of socialising
We all enjoy having something to look forward to, such as lunch with friends or a family get-together. These social commitments, however inconsequential, have a way of giving us a sense of purpose, which for seniors is fundamental. In the same way, the more we contribute to the community, the happier and more confident we feel. Our Healthcare and Retirement Village residents enjoy a vibrant communal lifestyle with regular social activities organised by staff, Faircare Trust and residents themselves.
Physical benefits of socialising
A combination of all 4 types of exercise, i.e. aerobic, strength, stretching and balancing will make it easier for you to participate in the activities you love, like going on adventures with your grandchildren and/or taking part in social committees/clubs. Our Healthcare Centres and Retirement Villages have numerous group exercise programmes in place to encourage residents to stay active and cultivate relationships. You can read more about all 4 types of exercise, here.
Cognitive benefits of socialising
Interacting with others on a regular basis can help to keep a senior citizen’s mind engaged and stimulated. Today, endless opportunities exist for seniors to take part in online communities. Social networks are also a wonderful way for seniors to connect with friends and family members. Improvements in these areas can help to prevent memory loss and other forms of dementia. You can read more about the benefits of the internet for seniors, here.
DID YOU KNOW?
We’ll always welcome people who are willing and able to volunteer their time to spend with our Healthcare residents. Activities include reading, puzzle-building or just simply chatting over tea and scones. Contact our Support Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved.