DID YOU KNOW?
Do you know that the holiday season amplifies the feelings of depression and isolation?
Do you know that older adults, ages 65 and up, are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation?
Do you know that social isolation is associated with approximately a 50 percent increased risk of dementia?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Specialists in the fields of behavior, social research and cognition have found links between social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.
This is said not with a motive to cause fear, but preparedness.
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
If you knew that something as simple as joining a morning walking group or attending an afternoon patio concert would lower your risk of serious health complications, how would you change your daily practices? If you knew that a loved one was living with pervasive loneliness, and a nearby community of like-minded individuals would open the doors of opportunity for friendships and new hobbies, would you say something?
Contrast the effects of loneliness with a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, such as MRC Mirador. It’s been proven that people age better when living in a community filled with friends, plenty of social interactions and meaningful activities.
Residents at Mirador experience friendship with other seniors, many of whom have experienced similar things, whether that is time in the armed forces or the loss of a spouse. The Lifestyles & Wellness Team takes time to know each resident individually, providing activities tailored to the interests of our residents.
HOW TO OVERCOME LONELINESS AND IMPROVE WELLBEING
Loneliness and social isolation are more than an unpleasant feeling; they can be lethal. It’s been said that knowledge is power, so where do you go from here? Start by calling your grandparents, father, mother, or friend. Go on a walk each day, and make sure you wave at the mailman through the glass as he drops off your morning paper. Talk to your parents about a healthy living community, or talk to your children about MRC Mirador and the positive effects that a community like ours would have on your overall wellbeing.
CALL TODAY: Next, pick up the phone and put that plan into action.
Don’t wait – call us at (361) 651-1103.