Research shows that staying social as we age has numerous mental, emotional and physical health benefits. The National Institute on Aging at NIH has linked loneliness and social isolation to higher risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and much more. “Interacting with others may be the key to warding off these conditions” according to Dr. Raymond Hobbs of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Family is an important element. However, according to a recent study from the University College London, it’s friends, not family, that can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining health and well-being later in life. Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, PhD, lead author of the study, observed “It is most likely that social contact is beneficial by building cognitive reserve, meaning greater resilience … alongside managing cardiovascular health and being physically active, people should endeavor to stay socially active.”
Social events are a useful option for this kind of social interaction. Each year SCNOVA organizes a number of fun and engaging events to give seniors more options for having fun, seeing friends, and making new ones.
Current Upcoming Events
Feb 17 2022 – Mardi Gras Celebration. Get jazzy! Join us for an SCNOVA Mardi Gras Celebration – and jazz up your spirits. Cajun cuisine lunch, Mardi Gras mask making, trivia and entertainment all included. Fee is $15 per person. Dressing up is part of the celebration so be sure to wear purple, green and gold – and don’t forget the bling! (Remember, “the bling is the thing”). Tickets are required. For more information and to buy tickets, see here.