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Carolina SeniorCare’s Day Center is the hub of activity on any given day.  Participants enter the Center with joy in their step – ready to join friends for conversation or share a daily devotion or break bread together at meal time.

1. Socialization Can Improve Mood and Quality of Life

The need to maintain social interactions for good health is pretty clear. One study published in the Annals of Family Medicine gathered nearly 200 seniors with depressive symptoms and provided social visits or physical activity for six straight months.

“Social contact may be as effective as physical activity in improving mood and quality of life,” one researcher wrote. “Social participation and social support networks are paramount to long-term positive outcomes and psychological well-being for older people.”

2. Social Engagement May Slow Memory Loss

Seniors who are socially active may have slower rates of declining memory, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. That study examined the recall of a 10-word list. Social integration was measured by factors like marital status, volunteer activity and frequency of contact with others.

“The working hypothesis is that social engagement is what makes you mentally engaged,” says senior author Lisa F. Berkman.

3. Socialization May Support Brain Health

Social engagement may support brain health and possibly delay the onset of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The American Academy of Neurology studied the relationship between dementia, stress, and socialization and found that “people who are socially active and not easily stressed may be less likely to develop dementia.”

Carolina SeniorCare PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a comprehensive health care program for seniors who have disabilities or health concerns and wish to remain in their home while receiving needed medical and supportive services. PACE offers a continuum of care from medical services to medications, from nutritious meals to transportation.  Carolina SeniorCare’s Day Center offers numerous opportunities for socialization through program of all wellness dimensions. For additional information contact: 336-746-3500.

 

Excerpts from VisitingAngels.com

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