Socializing with your family and friends can help you stay mentally health as you get older, according to a new report that was presented earlier this week by UPI.com.
“It’s not uncommon for our social life to suffer once we get older” Marilyn Albert says, Neurology professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“This report offers useful suggestions about thing we can do to improve our relationships with family and fiends, things that can benefit our mental health” Marilyn Albert also said.
The report also analyzes the social benefits of owning a pet, the way same age communities can boost social activity, how close relationships are beneficial for our mental and also physical health and how social networks, including Facebook, help the elderly stay socially active.
The report was released by AARP and Global Council on Brain Health.
Another study conducted by AARP reveals that almost 4 out of 10 adults with ages above 40 are not very socially active. These people also reported some mental problems.
Sarah Lock, AARP Vice President and executive GCBH director said: ” We know loneliness and social isolation can increase physical health risks for the elderly. But we also notice that it affects their mental health so people who are socially engaged have lower chances of suffering from mental conditions. This shows how important social connections are for our mental health”.
According to the AARP, the elderly can extend their social ties to young people, they can attend theme clubs or classes, they can travel, have phone conversations, send emails or chat online on a regular basis with their friends, families, neighbors as all these help in staying mentally healthy.
How old are you ? Also, are you a social person ?