Ageing Well – Social Interactions

By 03/03/2024March 11th, 2024Ageing Well
An elder woman with her Carer, laughing together.

In our Ageing Well series, we look at what impacts the ageing process. We also consider what can be done to improve your health and quality of life in your later years. 

Research suggests that positive social interactions can help you to live longer and increase your healthspan. This is the period of time in your later years where you remain healthy and maintain a good quality of life.

In the Western World, the predominant factor that influences the decline in our quality of life is physical illness, such as arthritis, heart problems and kidney failure. Therefore, we should try to both reduce this period of poor health and maximise our healthy life expectancy.

As you age, spending time with others provides countless benefits. The frequency and quality of these interactions can help to improve your health and help you to live longer. Professor Kenny, of Trinity College Dublin, believes that having lots of friends actually keeps people healthier in their later years.

As you get older, having close ties to friends and family and taking part in meaningful social activities or volunteering can determine how socially active you are. When it comes to ageing well, social participation, friendships and relationships are as important as diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Research suggests that positive social interactions may help people to maintain their thinking skills and slow down cognitive decline in later life.

What can you do?

In later years, it is important that you put as much effort into building your friendships, as you do into choosing your foods and keeping up with physical activity. To increase your healthspan and improve your chances of ageing well, try mixing these together. 

  • Eat out or go for coffee with family or friends.
  • Do physical activity with people from a local group.
  • Join a class to meet new people and participate in an activity you enjoy.
  • Cultivate connections with people from different ages by volunteering in a school.
  • Consider getting a dog for companionship and taking it for regular walks.
  • Join a book club, sewing circle or gardening group.
  • Visit a gallery, garden centre or museum with a neighbour.
  • Stay digitally connected to family and friends who live further away.
  • Visit a local community group centre for the elderly.

Why choose Bright Care

Our companionship style of care focuses on building relationships and supporting joy and purpose in later years.

If you are looking for private home care for yourself or a loved one, Bright Care can support you. Our care services can help to provide a better quality of life for your loved one.

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the companionship care we offer to those in their later years, our team can talk you through our services, so please get in touch by calling us on 0330 024 1327 or via our contact form.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in care, we offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. If you would like to join our team, providing care and companionship, please apply now.

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