The more we learn about the human brain, the more apparent it is that having a robust social life is just as important to our cognitive health as diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. When we make connections with others, we are provided with opportunities to learn new things, experience a fuller range of emotion and take on new roles, all things that promote and sustain healthy brain function.
In addition, people who consider themselves to be “socially active” are far more likely to report lower levels of stress, depression and other negative feelings that are often closely associated with cognitive change and dementia.
Try your hand at a few of these activities to see what being a “social butterfly” can do for you and your brain!
Share a meal with someone - Studies show that when older adults have their meals with others, they are mentally stimulated and feel far less isolated than if they were eating alone.
Take an art class with a friend - Artistic pursuits have long been associated with preventing cognitive decline in older adults, particularly when conducted in a social, group setting.
Volunteer in your community - Older adults who are active participants in their communities demonstrate improved memory and better reasoning skills.
Join a walking group - Combining exercise and social interaction is a great way to give your brain power a big boost.
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