The Importance of Social Activities for Seniors

As we age, our need for love, support, and companionship does not fade away. In fact, keeping these things a priority is especially important for seniors for several reasons.

Maintaining a healthy social life is easier said than done, though. So how can you ensure that you’re getting in enough social activity? The suggestions below should help:

  • Maintain positive relationships with family and visit with them often
  • Engage in volunteer work
  • Participate in community events at senior centers, religious organizations, or assisted living facilities
  • Organize social activities on your own for you and your friends to enjoy
  • Pursue lost hobbies and interests

Why a Social Life Matters

Having a healthy social life is directly related to keeping seniors mentally, physically, and emotionally fit. When we’re happy and fulfilled, our lives feel more meaningful and purposeful.

Isolation has been proven over and over to be detrimental to health, both physical and emotional.

Seniors that enjoy a full social calendar typically have:

  • Lowered stress levels. This results in an improved cardiovascular health and immune system.
  • Longer lifespan. A full social schedule has been shown to increase longevity.
  • Better physical fitness. Older adults that are involved in social events tend to be more active and participate in more physical activities.
  • Reduced risk of depression. Because a full social calendar typically contributes to happiness, it is a great way to combat or prevent depression in older adults.
  • Higher self-esteem. Seniors that regularly participate in planned social events find themselves feeling a deep sense of worth that contributes to a higher self-esteem.

How else does socialization help seniors?

Having social interactions on a regular basis helps keep older adults mentally stimulated, sharp, and engaged. Because of this, it can act as a preventive from memory loss and general cognitive decline.

Positive social interactions on a consistent basis help keep seniors stimulated, mentally sharp and intellectually engaged.


Did you know that we have a robust social calendar? That’s right. We have a variety of activities, events, day trips, and more to fill almost every interest imaginable.

If you’d like to talk to one of our staff about our social programming, please contact us by clicking here.