Socializing helps seniors stay active and happy in Ashville
June 30, 2011
In Ashville, North Carolina, elderly people who have been diagnosed with dementia can get out of their homes and go down the local community center's Elder Day Club. There, seniors can take part in several programs to stay social and active, according to the Ashville Citizen-Times.
Some of the activities include playing trivia games, spending time with children who attend the community center and participating in yoga. Alzheimer's can cause people to lose their ability to move, but many studies have shown that exercise can help dementia patients to improve mobility. Growing inflexibility can cause accidents so seniors may want to consider purchasing medical alert systems, which contact emergency services if anything were to happen.
In 2007, the BBC reported that researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre found a connection between loneliness and the development of Alzheimer's disease. Individuals who felt lonelier were more likely to develop the disease.
This program encourages seniors to socialize, which can help people who are struggling with anxiety and are uncomfortable being around other people because of their disease. These feelings are common in dementia patients, according to New York University.