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Socialization


SOCIALIZATION


Socializing and maintaining human relationships are important aspects of healthy aging


Changes as people age may erect barriers to socialization:

  • Retirement(and the lost socialization and networking)
  • Children leave the home
  • The loss of a spouse or other close family member
  • Moving out of the neighborhood/town
  • Health status changes
And, as a result, our social networks diminish.

During our lives we need human contact. Without it we can be lonely and distressed. For elders this loss can be debilitating.

Elders who regularly interact with others may experience the following benefits:

  • Better cardiac health
  • Improved immune system
  • Lower risk of Alzheimer's disease
  • Decreased depression
  • Less perception of pain
  • Improved family relationships
  • Better nutrition 
  • Better physical activity

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