Seniorly CareTalks: Staying Social in Senior Housing

Author: Jacqueline Hatch

| Published on: February,11 | Viewed: 3961 times



In our speaker series Seniorly CareTalks, Seniorly gerontologist Marlena del Hierro talks about socialization and its importance to remaining happy and healthy in senior housing communities.

As we age, social networks change and certain difficulties arise. For example, friends and family members may not be living nearby, transportation may not be accessible, and older adults may want the chance to be more engaged in the community. In these situations, senior living may be an ideal solution.

Care communities focus on providing the best possible care, along with amenities and features to keep elders engaged as they age. Many communities offer movie nights, happy hours, ice cream socials, fitness programs, and art classes to help elders connect with friends with similar interests. In the video, Marlena shares her top five ways that senior living communities encourage socialization. 


The top five social benefits in senior housing communities:

  1. Many residents means more opportunities to make new friends.

  2. Activities such as art, music and fitness are made available to all residents.

  3. Transportation is provided to increase community engagement.

  4. Communities provide common dining spaces for residents to eat together.

  5. Interactions with staff members can lead to meaningful relationships.


Staying social is essential to maintaining good mental health as we age, but the benefits don't stop there. Engaging in activities can help us remain physically fit and active, which can improve strength and balance as we age, and eventually prevent injuries that result from falls. Additionally, meaningful social connections can alter our outlook on life and help us enjoy those later years comfortably and happily. Get social in senior living and make the rest of your life the best of your life!

The Seniorly Resource Center is filled with articles to help older adults remain engaged as they age. Simply use the search bar to locate specific articles on topics that matter to you.

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