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Embracing A Socially Active Lifestyle

Research has shown that maintaining social engagement may contribute to longer and healthier lives. A Swedish study found that having a strong social network may lower the risk of developing age-related memory loss. And a study conducted by Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research showed that survival rates among socially active long-term care residents were greater than they were for those who were not.

Suzie Kaytis, a social worker who manages the adult day health program at Hebrew SeniorLife's Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, says that all seniors can find ways to enjoy social connections, no matter what their physical limitations. The following describes a variety of ways seniors can maintain a socially active lifestyle:

  • Get out of the house regularly.

  • Utilize senior citizen transportation available in the community to attend social gatherings and pursue interests.

  • Join civic, social or other organizations.

  • Go to church or temple.

  • Get together with family or friends.

  • Attend a structured daily adult day health program that offers programs and activities.

  • Enroll in a mall-walking club.

  • Participate in programs run by your community's senior center or council on aging.

  • Sign up for a "friendly visitor" to visit you at home.

  • Join an intergenerational program in your community.

  • Volunteer with a local non-profit organization, such as a school, library or hospital.

In addition to its health benefits, Ms. Kaytis says remaining socially active also contributes to seniors' quality of life.

Above content provided by Hebrew SeniorLife in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted July 2012

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Division of Gerontology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building #1B (West Campus)
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

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Hebrew Senior Life
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131