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Does socialization make a difference?

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The word of God gives us understanding to why social gathering is important.

First, it is important to God

Secondly, it is important to your wellbeing

Thirdly, it makes this world a better place

When it comes to the senior population church gathering meet an abundance of needs.

The Health Benefits of Older Adult Socialization

Older adults with a fulfilling social life tend to avoid many of the physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties that seniors who are isolated encounter. There are a number of important ways that socialization can improve senior health, as explained by LiveStrong

  • Reduced stress. Older adults who are socially active handle stress better. This leads to important increases in cardiovascular health and an improved immune system. 
  • Longer lifespan. High levels of socialization in seniors help increase longevity. 
  • More fitness. Older adults with diverse social supports are more likely to exercise regularly, which leads to a host of physical, mental and cognitive benefits. 
  • Reduced risk of depression. Consistent socialization reduces the likelihood that seniors will experience the depression caused by isolation and loneliness. 
  • Less anxiety. Similarly, senior socialization reduces levels of anxiety as well. 
  • Greater self-esteem. Socialization helps seniors maintain their self-esteem and sense of worth. 

The Cognitive Benefits of Senior Socialization

(such as thinking, reasoning, movement skills, and remembering)

Just as importantly, socialization can provide a tremendous boost to a senior’s cognitive health as well. Positive social interactions on a consistent basis help keep seniors stimulated, mentally sharp and intellectually engaged. 

Not surprisingly, the improvements in these cognitive areas can help prevent general cognitive decline, including memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Importantly, when these social interactions include exercise groups, the benefits of both are increased significantly. 

As you can see, the upshot of all this is that healthy socialization leads to an increase in the quality of life seniors experience on a daily basis. Now let’s have a look at some of the obstacles to socialization that seniors often face. 

6 Ways Seniors Can Cultivate a Healthy Social Life

For many older adults, continued socialization doesn’t happen on its own. Strategies, commitment and diligence are often required. Here are 6 ways that seniors and their loved ones can cultivate a healthy social life: 

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with grandchildren
  • Do volunteer work (this has the added benefit of keeping us busy and engaged during retirement). 
  • Take advantage of community resources such as senior centers, religious organizations and the events at independent and assisted living facilities. 
  • Organize social activities on your own and include seniors who might be experiencing isolation or loneliness. 
  • Help maintain a sense of purpose by caring for a pet, church attendance or the pursuit of hobbies and interests. 
  • Loves ones: Ensure that older adults have adequate transportation to and from social activities. 

Five Reasons Why Having a Social Life is Significant

Social distancing has become a new by-word in the past few days. The banning of large gatherings, including churches, and the closing of many establishments where people gather are common. Empty shelves at the grocery store are a normal sight. And there is the expectation that things will get worse before they begin to improve.

So I say to children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren do as much as you can to keep your older love ones active.

As a young adult there are reasons for socialization.

1. It provides a balance

Your future career will be your livelihood, so doing well in school will always be a priority. But it is also important to take a break from doing work and have a night fulfilled with fun and making memories. Having a social life does not mean that you have to neglect your academics. It is a matter of knowing how to balance both.

2. Forms good relationships

Meeting new people is a part of life. Every person that you encounter, serves a purpose in your life. Whether you know what that purpose is or not, it really does not matter. You meet them for a reason. Since being a pastor, I have formed life-long friendships and professional relationships with my other pastors. By forming this great bonds with people it is preparing for the work force of the “real world” where am going to serve.

3. Expands your brand

For the the field of communications specifically, your name is your brand and your brand is everything. It is what separates you from everyone else. When building your brand, remember to educate yourself on how you can be your most marketable self. By having a social life you are already prepared. Since your life has balance, and you have formed good relationships these social skills can bleed into the professional world. By this time you will be a pro, because of your experience.

4. Connects you to humanity (social awareness)

Serving God through others, you were a well-rounded individual.  One of the mistake that most individual make is spent too much time trying to reach a level of education at the cost of not having a social life.

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5. Broaden your horizons

Having a social life increase your knowledge and helps you become more worldly. Traveling, dining and exploring other cultures with family or friends helps you think and learn more about yourself and others. By seeing other cultures or religions that are not your norm it broaden your horizons.

Having a social life early broadens your horizons, connects you to humanity, helps expand your brand, aids you with forming good relationships and overall assists with placing balance in your life.

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