Seniors are Healthier When Socially Connected

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There are many studies that suggest seniors are healthier when they stay socially connected and feel engaged with life.  Researchers have found that older people without such connections are more apt to “experience greater numbers of chronic and life-limiting health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.”  In a 2010 article published by the New England Journal of Medicine, it reports that social interactions can also protect seniors’ cognitive skills.

As seniors age, it often becomes harder to stay connected to the community and many older adults end up living fairly isolated from the outside world.  A number of factors contribute to the problem including health issues that limit mobility, no longer driving, and the loss of a spouse and other family members and friends.

Furthermore, good nutrition can be a problem for seniors living alone as it may be difficult for them to prepare meals or to even buy groceries.  Some seniors have even been found to be suffering from malnutrition.  Physical safety can also be a problem as the elderly are more prone to falls due to common medical conditions that effect balance and physical strength including diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.  In addition seniors living alone may not be as quick to recognize a health issue needs immediate medical attention.

At MorningStar of Santa Fe, opening in the fall of 2018, participating in a range of activities is just a way of life as we will offer a full calendar of fun and stimulating activities every day.  Our residents will enjoy nutritional daily meals served restaurant style that offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy both the meal and to socially interact with others.  We will also provide scheduled transportation for residents along with special outings to local places of interest and entertainment. Residents also have the assurance that our 24-hour care staff is always available to help if the need arises.

Living alone can be difficult for seniors and even affect their overall lifespan.  We encourage you to contact MorningStar of Santa Fe and learn more about the services and amenities that we provide for our residents.

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents.  Situated on the west side of town, we invite you to drop in to our Information Center or give us a call to learn more about the finest assisted living in Santa Fe. 

Source: whereyoulivematters.org/community-living-its-healthier/

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