There is a lot to be said for staying connected with others and the benefits that socialization can provide. Research shows it can help to boost your immune system, encourages better nutrition, engages your mind, and can expand your interests. Often it will get you moving around more and being open to new experiences can provide opportunities to create new friendships.
Not everyone is as interested in being social and sometimes there are limitations in mobility or transportation. Families often do not live in the same area and people are busy. Knowing that socialization is as important as diet and exercises for successful aging, it may be something that needs to be looked at from time to time. Perhaps part of your socialization experience would include spending time with an older adult by either checking in with them on a regular basis, playing one of their favorite games or asking them to share their stories.
Many years ago an older friend told me that one of the things she does is to try and connect with people that are younger since she saw her parents lose so many of their friends as they entered their 90’s. Several of my close friends are the age of my son and spending time with them and their children adds a whole new dimension to my life.
Consider seeking out more than just people with similar interests. One of things I enjoy includes the diversity of my friends. They are all unique and sharing time together expands my interests and knowledge.
Friday is a time for socializing in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Friday for at least the next month or two, find ways to focus more on connecting with others.
Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Friday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do it periodically throughout the entire day. Create your own ideas for future weeks.
1. Reconnect with a friend you have not talked to in a long time.
2. Look for a volunteering experience or a class or lecture to attend that is outside your regular interests.
3. Introduce yourself to someone you do not know.
4. Spend time in conversation with someone who is homebound or lives alone.
“Life gives us brief moments with another…but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a life time…” Author Unknown