We all know how uplifted we feel after meeting up with friends, or engaging in our favourite hobby. But just how important are social events for the elderly or isolated?
In today’s society, mental health and well-being are at the forefront of everyone’s mind and it’s easier than ever to keep in touch.
With access to information at the touch of a button, 2021 statistics show that 55% of people over the age of 75 use the Internet, with a huge 65% of those over 65 owning a smartphone.
However for the remainder, this has become a barrier rather than a bridge.
During the recent Covid-19 pandemic we recognised the needs of our family and friends, turning to Zoom to keep in touch.
We shopped and delivered to doorsteps.
We rallied round and reached out more than ever to ensure everyone was OK.
But what about those who had nobody, or whose family were too far away?
As humans, we’re very social.
We thrive on interaction and often those personal connections bring feelings of support and safety.
For some, lockdown saw an end to this.
We couldn’t hold hands, or give a reassuring hug and our social groups and activities stopped.
KingsCare worked with the local community delivering vital services to those in need.
With the vulnerable and elderly being told to shield, we partnered with the Rydon Inn delivering meals to those who otherwise wouldn’t have eaten, delivered prescriptions, and shopped for those who had no other access to necessities.
We delivered a vital service enabling us to continue helping those in need, but we couldn’t substitute the personal interaction.
So why is this so important?
Benefits of Social Interaction
– Being active helps you stay stronger mentally and physically
– Your mental health improves
– Encourages you to try new things
– Reduces loneliness
– Allows you the opportunity to personally connect with people
– Helps you feel safe
Being more active
Loneliness leads to inactivity. If you have a group to attend, or someone to meet, you will likely be moving more, therefore (albeit gently) exercising.
You will also be leaving your house which has huge benefits on your mental health.
Improves mental health
Keeping your brain active also helps improve your mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that those with social interactions are 25% less likely to develop dementia.
Exercising your brain helps keep it healthy.
Being part of a group increases our sense of belonging. It also allows us the opportunity to empty our minds of our worries and problems, and we can form relationships with others that we trust.
As we age, naturally our health deteriorates and we become less able to do things. Social connection reduces loneliness and depression which are key in combatting poor mental health.
Helps you feel safe
Isolation leads to loneliness, which may lead to you feeling unsafe. Whether you’re alone in the house you once shared with your family, or unable to leave the house due to ill health, it’s our natural human instinct to crave safety and belonging. Being amongst others we trust helps us feel safe.
How can KingsCare help?
KingsCare has a wide selection of social activities ranging from our simple Coffee Club, to our regular Walking Group.
Our activities help stimulate not only the mind, but the body too and some of our groups allow your the opportunity to articulate your creative flair.
We’re always happy to welcome new faces as there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
For more information, please visit our Social Activities page.