Posted on by Franne Golde

 

“I’ve been isolating.” That’s what my friend said to me the other day.

“That’s why I stopped by. I could tell you were in isolation mode.” I answered.
 
We ended up having a wonderful couple of hours of conversation, some laughs, some tears and some great coffee cake and tea!
 
It was just as good for me, as it was for my friend.
 
As we age some of us tend to become more withdrawn.
People have a fundamental need for socialization and inclusion.
 
Whoever you are and whatever your age, it’s important to socialize. It has been proven that leading an active social life can protect you against memory loss as well as many chronic illnesses. Spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends are good for your brain health, as well as overall health.
 
Although there’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation and human contact, even video-chatting is a good alternative.
 
Those with the most social interaction, experience the slowest rate of memory decline and illness.
 
 
Here’s some ideas of things you can do with friends or family:
 
Take a walk
Make a lunch or dinner date
Enroll in a class
Join a group
Join your community center
Engage in a sport
Play a board game
Card games
Go to the park
Invite a neighbor over
Museums
Movies
Go to a play
Call an old friend
Or set up a video chat!!
 
Please comment and share your ideas with others!  ~
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