How to Stay Social as You Age

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Depression can be easy for a senior to fall victim to. After all, as we age, losing a loved one, friend, or pet can be more likely and the feeling of loneliness that results from such losses can become overwhelming.

Luckily, there are some things a senior can do to help reduce their risk of depression and one of the most effective is to engage in more social situations. Here are seven tips you can try to help you become a more socially-active senior.

#1 - Re-Assess Your Favorite Activities

What is it that you used to love to do before you withdrew from social activities? Now is the time to re-assess your favorite activities and start doing them again. If you used to love reading, then visit the library and pick up a few new books. If you used to love gardening, then go outside and start weeding the garden. Look in the paper for any upcoming events that might help rekindle your interests. Better yet, join a group that focuses on your favorite activity and you’ll find like-minded people who will be sure to become fast friends.

#2 - Start Exercising

For many seniors, finding the energy to be social can be a hurdle. But, by starting a daily exercise regimen, you’ll not only start feeling better, but you’ll find you have more energy to burn. Joining an exercise class will introduce you to new people who are on a journey to health just like you. You’ll be surprised at how socially active you’ll become simply by heading to the gym on a regular basis.

#3 - Be a Mentor

Many youth groups look to partner their youths with older adults so they can have positive role models and mentors in their lives. For many seniors, this can be a rewarding experience. You’ll not only be able to share your valuable experiences with an eager-to-learn youth, but you’ll be amazed at what the younger generation can teach you!

#4 - Go Out With a Good Friend

Taking a day trip to a local museum or going shopping with a good friend not only gets you out of the house, but it opens up your mind and helps you become re-acclimated with the world around you. Or, if you’re attending an event, ask a good friend to go along with you. Having your best friend with you will make it easier to meet others no matter where you’re going.

#5 - Be Open to Suggestion

If you’re unfamiliar with something, it can be easy to just not do it. But, in doing so, you’ll never know what it is you could be missing. You could be missing out on something you would actually enjoy. If your friend asks you to go along with them, say yes and welcome the experience. Be open to suggestion and you’ll discover an entire world you never knew existed.

#6 - Think Outside the Box

Just because you’re older doesn’t mean that you can’t do the things you’ve always wanted to do. There are always stories about seniors who did the unimaginable. You’re only as old as you think you are. Don’t let preconceptions stop you from trying something you always dreamed of doing.

#7 - Stay Positive

Keeping a positive attitude is the main component to keeping depression at bay. But, being positive is so much more powerful than you can imagine. It also attracts positive things and people into your life. As a result, you’ll naturally find yourself becoming more social.

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At The Marshes of Skidaway Island, our senior apartments in Savannah offer one of the most socially-active environments for senior citizens. Situated on a gorgeous, resort-style campus, our residences enable our members to enjoy active lifestyles and a wonderful quality of life at an affordable price. Our community is made up of like-minded older adults and we provide them with everything they need to stay healthy, happy, and socially-engaged.

To learn more about The Marshes of Skidaway Island, or to schedule a visit to our retirement homes and senior apartments in Savannah, please call us today at 800-889-6238.