Why Social Connections are Good For Us.

Social connections. They’re an important part of leading a happy, healthy life for anyone of any age. They can help us to live longer. They boost our self-esteem and give us a sense of purpose. They can even increase our ability to empathise.

These are just some of the reasons why it’s so important to maintain social connections.

As we age, staying social can certainly become more challenging. This could be for a number of reasons. At the moment, social distancing rules prevent us from visiting friends. At other times, busy family members may visit less due to other commitments. Your physical health may limit your mobility, making it hard to engage in outings or other events. And sadly, friends may pass away. However, through these challenges, it’s vital to remain socially active.

Many studies have shown how social connections impact our health. Did you know that a lack of social engagement negatively impacts your health more than smoking! Loneliness can also make us more vulnerable to disease. While this may sound scary, it just goes to show how important it is to stay social.

Did you also know the more someone feels isolated, the more likely they will be to avoid social connections? This leads to further isolation, and can be a difficult cycle to break.

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Don’t overlook your social life. It’s a part of happy and healthy ageing. What can you do to overcome the challenges of staying socially active as you age?

In home care is hugely beneficial in helping people maintain social connections as they get older. Unlike living in a nursing home, in home care allows you the opportunity to maintain the connection with your community. Carers can help support community participation, and assist with other social events. Or simply, carers can provide companionship within the home.

After-Care provides in home care services for social support. Our carers will assist you to stay engaged with your community. You won’t have to give up the activities you enjoy. Whether it’s continuing to be an active member of a local group, or simply providing you companionship in the home, After-Care’s compassionate carers can support your unique social needs.

To learn more about After-Care’s social support services, click here, or call us on 1300 46 46 63.