As a social species, being able to connect and interact with others is just as important to our health as maintaining activity. There have been numerous studies over the years by universities and private organisations that highlight the impact of low social support and change/decrease in physical and mental health.
After retirement, if you don’t create reasons to leave the home it can become all to easy to fall into a routine that may leave you socially isolated.
Here are some ways to keep connected:
- Join a club – See the list of local clubs available in your area
- Volunteer – become a volunteer in your community and support others
- Join a support group
- Join your local gym – both keeping the mind and body active
- Take up studies – it’s never too late to learn something knew
- Visit family and friends regularly
The benefits to your health, according to the University of Rochester Medical Centre include:
- Potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression
Conversely, social isolation carries real risks. Some of these risks are:
- Feeling lonely and depressed
- Being less physically active
- Having a greater risk of death
- Having high blood pressure
So with all these positives, you can see how keeping involved and social is so important.
Reference: 2015 University of Rochester Medical Center