Ageing Well – social interactions

An elder woman with her Carer, laughing together.

Our Ageing Well series is designed to help you make positive choices about your quality of life. These decisions can help you to live longer, and more importantly increase your healthspan. This is the period of time in your later years where you remain healthy.

What are social interactions?

Social interactions refer to how we communicate with one another and interact within social settings. Being involved in stimulating conversations or lengthy discussions where you can exchange ideas can help to maintain mental alertness and possibly slow down cognitive decline in later life. 

These interactions are essential for human connection and relationship-building and can greatly contribute to your well-being. Sharing personal experiences, stories and anecdotes allows you to connect with others, build rapport and develop friendships.

Why are social interactions important?

Professor Kenny is a world-leading geriatrician at Trinity College Dublin, where she leads the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. She is also the author of the number one international bestseller Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life

Professor Kenny, believes that 80% of the things that age us are within our control to change, with only 20% attributed to genetics and upbringing. Therefore, it is not inevitable to have years of poor health as you age. If you make active choices about your lifestyle early enough, you can live longer and increase your healthspan.

Social interaction is good for your health and well-being. Medical professionals believe that loneliness can trigger diseases such as dementia, cancer and heart disease. Regularly seeing friends or family, or a Carer, and taking part in social engagements or volunteering can determine how socially active you are. 

If you want to live longer and age well, scientists believe that positive social participation and meaningful friendships are as important as diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Find out more.

About Bright Care

At Bright Care we provide Carers who develop meaningful relationships with loved ones. Our Carers can accompany your loved one to social events, family gatherings, to visit friends or take part in a class. If your loved one is confined to their home, our Carers provide uplifting conversation, they can share a meal or encourage a hobby. Our companionship style of care helps to alleviate loneliness, and brings joy to later years.

Our experienced care team can provide tailored at home support for your loved one. Please call us on 0330 024 1327 or complete our contact form

We are recruiting in Scotland and the South East of England for daytime Care Assistants and we are recruiting Live-in Carers across the whole of Scotland and England. If you are looking for a rewarding career in care, please apply now.