- Published: Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:04
As children age, most of us can't wait to grow up. Starting school at 5 or 6 years old is a milestone. Once you get to double digits and then a teenager are two more important steps. Getting to drive at 16 and graduating high school at 18 are also monumental accomplishments. However, as the years continue, usually seeming to fly by faster at every birthday, old age is here before we know it.
After having a long life filled with excitement and the everyday goings on, many elderly people find themselves alone. Once children are grown and spouses pass on being isolated can have many negative impacts on a person both mentally and physically. Research has shown that socialization plays a vital role in our quality of life as we age.
Having companionship in some form benefits elderly people in many ways. The first being a stronger immune system. This is crucial for everyday life since viruses, disease and muscle wasting is more of an issue as the years go by. Having friends or family members that are apart of your life as you age helps control blood pressure, keeps the mind sharp and focused, increases physical activity and reduces aches and pains.
Many elderly people can fall into a depression state as they find themselves alone and relying on others for food, transportation to doctors and daily household chores. Senior centers, churches and community activities are all good avenues of therapy as we age.
Almost everyone has a family member or friend who is in their twilight years. Stopping in to bring a snack, play a game or just to sit and talk can make all of the difference in the world. Our elder years should be enjoyed and shared with loved ones. Being social makes us all just a little bit healthier and happier.