Health & Wellness

Social Engagement for Seniors: The Benefits of Staying Active and Connected

December 26th, 2023

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As time passes, staying active and connected with others is crucial, and the best way to do this is by being social. Residents at independent living places like Cristwood Park in Shoreline, WA, and Crista Shores in Silverdale, know how important it is to remain socially engaged. Being social and participating in daily activities helps build a strong community in Independent Living settings.

Why Staying Social Is So Important

Seniors benefit greatly from being social. It can make a big difference in how they feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Talking to others and being part of conversations can help seniors stay mentally sharp. When they stay socially active, they notice:

  • Better Memory: Talking and sharing stories can help keep memories fresh.
  • Slower Cognitive Decline: Studies have found staying social helps slow down problems with thinking and memory.
  • Community: Making friends and spending time with others can help seniors feel less lonely and isolated.
  • Strong Emotional Health: Having friends and people to talk to can help seniors cope better with stress and challenges.

Staying Fit and Healthy

Being social isn’t only good for the mind; it’s good for the body, too. At Cristwood, seniors enjoy:

  • Exercise: Group activities encourage seniors to stay active and healthy.
  • Lower Risk of Health Issues: Strong social connections reduce the chances of getting sick.

Social Activities Help Seniors Connect

Getting involved in group activities is an excellent way for seniors to be social. CRISTA Senior Living offers a lot of activities to suit different interests:

  • Arts and Crafts: Creative workshops let seniors express themselves while making new friends.
  • Fitness Classes: Group exercise classes help seniors stay active and make new friends.
  • Game Nights: Seniors play board games, card games, and trivia, which are fun, build cognitive skills, and are a great way to bond.
  • Learning New Things: Educational seminars allow seniors to learn and discuss exciting topics.

Creating a Strong Community

CRISTA Senior Living is all about building a close-knit community. Here’s how:

  • Sharing Experiences: Engaging in activities and events is a wonderful way to create shared memories and foster connections with each other.
  • Supporting Each Other: Offering assistance and companionship when needed is a great way to be supportive and build community.
  • Staying Social: Staying social involves actively participating in exciting social events, ensuring there’s always a bright moment to anticipate and enjoy.

Being social isn’t just an option; it’s essential for seniors in Independent Living. Staying active and connected makes them feel better mentally and emotionally and keeps them healthy. By participating in activities and building a strong sense of community, seniors can have a happy and fulfilling independent living experience. At CRISTA Senior Living, being social is at the heart of a joyful and enriching retirement life.

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What People Are Saying …

I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.

CWP Family Member

CRISTA has been a warm, friendly atmosphere to be a part of these past two years. It encourages friendships that encourage a pleasant living environment.

Marty Victor, CWP

Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.

Resident's Daughter, Memory Care

Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.

I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.

I am so stunned by all the amazing people who live at CRISTA. The depth of their stories, their experiences are so powerful. They are fascinating and I learn something new every day! Such a wealth of intellect, experiences, and fun loving people. I love living here.

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