July is Social Wellness Awareness Month

June 30, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July is Social Wellness Awareness Month

(NEW BERN, N.C.) – Social wellness in one of the eight dimensions of wellness, which also include physical, intellectual, emotional, environmental, occupational, financial, and spiritual wellness. All eight dimensions are extremely important to our overall health and wellbeing, but social wellness presents a variety of benefits, especially to seniors.

Social wellness refers specifically to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. It is important for people of all ages to stay socially active, as it is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Some of the health benefits of staying socially active are listed below.

  • Reducing the risk for diseases. Socially active seniors have a decreased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even some cancers.
  • Lessening symptoms of depression. Social isolation is one of the key indicators leading to depression in seniors. Those who maintain and continue to build new relationships are often less at risk for depression.
  • Strengthening the immune system. The immune system tends to be stronger in seniors who are active socially.
  • Improving cardiovascular health. Isolated seniors tend to have higher blood pressure, and research shows that a lack of social connections can lead to an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Extending life expectancy. Overall, seniors who remain socially active are healthier and live longer than those who are isolated.

Eastern Carolina Area Agency on Aging is here to provide you with ideas and resources to start or maintain social connections and reap the rewards of doing so. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions of things you can do to boost your social well-being.

  • Check out your local senior center
  • Join clubs for seniors in your area
  • Sign up for exercise classes
  • Organize a regular game night
  • Explore senior social groups near you
  • Start a walking group
  • Volunteer
  • Activities assistant
  • Companion caregivers

 

End date of release: July 31,2021

Contact: Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging

252-638-3185