Do you participate in community events or programs?
- Higher levels of social interaction can produce great benefits for seniors. In one study, researchers looked at how social activity affected cognitive decline. Over 1100 seniors without dementia were measured on their social activity levels and then tested periodically on their cognitive functioning over a 12-year period. The rate of cognitive decline was 70 percent less in people with frequent social contact than those with low social activity.¹
- Another study looked at a community-based group of older adults and measured social activity levels and their disability levels—in terms of their ability to care for themselves. Those with more frequent social activity maintained lower levels of disability in several areas, suggesting that they would be able to live independently longer than their less social counterparts.²
- Participating in events or programs in your community on a regular basis can have positive effects on your health, your independence and enable you to share your talents and experiences with others. During your visit, the reviewer can provide you with information on community programs and where to find current event information.