The Importance of Being Social

Studies support the finding that socialization among seniors may be one of the most important ways of maintaining or extending their current and future health. Some studies give socialization equal footing with physical exercise for helping older people to remain healthy.

Social Engagement

Senior Social Engagement

There is no doubt that physical exercise is an important component for extending wellness. However, the process of aging well includes many more components of health, including emotional and spiritual as well as socializing with others.

Social engagement is a key reason why our residents choose to live in a senior living community. This is where they develop friendships among peers, exchange information and receive motivation or encouragement to participate in other healthy activities, such as exercise or regular walks.

The desire to be social in a senior living community is increasingly linked to maintaining a modern, “connected” lifestyle. For example, many residents learn how to use email to remain in contact with their children, grandchildren and friends. Still others become physically active by pursuing social hobbies such as ballroom dancing, which helps to keep the body fit and the mind sharp by combining physical activity and social interaction with a partner.

There is substantial research and scientific data to support the case for social engagement as key to longevity among residents in senior communities. At West Hills Village Senior Residence, we see tangible evidence of it every day, where social interactions among residents play a significant role in helping to keep residents well – and young at heart.

WEST HILLS VILLAGE | 5711 SW Multnomah Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97219 | 503-245-7621

Located in the Portland Metropolitan Area in Multnomah County

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