How to Stay Connected

Nancy, Volunteer, talking with Louise, student

Actively socializing has significant brain-building benefits, according to the latest research. According to Psychology Today (June 2016), by intentionally staying connected, you may:

  • Live longer. People with social support tend to live longer than those who are  isolated
  • Enjoy better physical health. Stronger immune system, especially for older adults  
  • Enjoy better mental health. Boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression
  • Lower your risk of dementia. Evidence shows socializing is good for your brain health. People who connect with others generally perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive skills … and are less likely to develop dementia.

Socializing Tips

  • Volunteer at Memory Matters!
  • Use Skype or FaceTime to catch up with family and friends
  • Walk through your neighborhood to meet neighbors
  • Babysit grandkids or help them with homework
  • Sign up for a class
  • Attend religious services
  • Sing in a choir or play music in a group
  • Visit a museum or go to a movie with a friend
  • Play a group sport like golf
  • Invite a friend over for coffee or tea
  • Play cards or board games with others
  • Exercise with a friend

Additional Resource: Angela K. Troyer Ph.D., C.Psych., www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-mild-cognitive-impairment/201606/the-health-benefits-socializing

Educational Video:  Dr. Daniel Amen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPRsT-lmw8