Is social support of benefit as we age? What are the benefits of Social Support?
Social interaction has been found to have protective benefits as we age and can assist to main good health and a positive outlook. A lack of social engagement can lead to negative effects on a person’s physical and mental health. According to Bingham-Young University social isolation and loneliness can have a negative impact on a person’s life span similar to that of Obesity. As a person ages, they may find it harder to find opportunities to socialise and get out to meet friends or family.
The benefits from social interaction include a reduction in stress, assisting to reduce the effects of depression and anxiety and can provide a sense of feeling linked in with the local community. Spending time with friend for example can assist to reduce a person’s blood pressure. As a person’s circumstances change it is important to seek out other / new ways to socialise to ensure these needs are still being met.
Some examples of Socialisation may include –
- Attendance at Seniors Groups or Community Clubs
- Attendance at Religious events
- Attending free activities held by the local councils
- Socialisation can a fun and enjoyable component in a person’s life.
The benefits from social interaction include a reduction in stress, assisting to reduce the effects of depression and anxiety.