Manning Support Services Inc.


Social Support

As people age and retire or move to a new community, they may not have quite as many opportunities to socialise as they did previously. In these circumstances they may be missing out on important social interaction that is needed to stay sharp, healthy, and maybe even ward off dementia. Research has shown that social interaction offers older adults many benefits. Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.

People who continue to maintain close friendships and find other ways to interact socially live longer than those who become isolated. Relationships and social interactions even help protect against illness by boosting your immune system.

Specific health benefits of social interaction in older adults include:

  • Potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Potentially reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced risk for mental health issues such as depression

Conversely, social isolation carries real risks. Some of these risks are:

  • Feeling lonely and depressed
  • Being less physically active
  • Having a greater risk of death
  • Having high blood pressure

Social interaction helps keep the brain from getting rusty, but it’s most effective when coupled with an overall healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and physical activity

MSS offers the following social activities:

  • 3¬†weekly outings – to various places including restaurants, cafes, art galleries, movie days
  • Weekly Tai Chi
  • Fortnightly Men’s Outings

August 2016 Social Support Flyer

Manning Support Services Inc.