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Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Social Interactions

Activities for seniors that involve social interaction are important for seniors. Humans are social creatures, and social interactions are important for all humans for a number of very important, very basic reasons.

Humans are Social Creatures

Human society is based on our shared interactions: the coffee you drink in the morning, the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the book you are reading, the device you are reading it on – all were likely fashioned by a group of people, many of whom you may have never met, but with whom you have interacted – by the very process of buying, using and enjoying the fruits of their labor. No longer isolated hermits in caves, modern humans now depend on many interactions with other humans, directly or indirectly, to meet their daily wants and needs.

Benefits of Social Interaction

Studies, including National Institute of Health’s Tailored Activity Program study, have shown a positive correlation between social interaction and well-being. Further, research suggests that greater frequency and variety of social interaction, especially when coupled with physical or mental activities, have a very positive effect on both mental and physical well-being.

Impairments Make Social Interaction More Difficult

Social interaction can become more difficult for those with impaired mental or mobile abilities. When you are having difficulty hearing a conversation, it is harder to participate in that conversation. If you have trouble finding or forming the right words, it is harder to participate in a conversation. The importance of social interaction becomes magnified when it becomes more difficult or infrequent. Opportunities for social interaction are naturally reduced when social activity declines. As the quantity of overall social interaction declines, the quality of the social interaction that does occur becomes more important.

Those who suffer from cognitive or mobility issues sometimes begin to withdraw from social interactions in reaction to their reduced capabilities. But, attention by the caregiver to the quality and quantity of the social interactions of the senior can make a significant impact in counteracting this tendency.

The Importance of Activities for Seniors

These difficulties are more common as one ages. So finding activities for seniors to participate in, especially with social interaction, become more and more important for the senior’s well-being.

The A Mind to Care Game & Activity Therapy System is a unique, patented, no-batteries-required game and activity system, designed to allow seniors to continue to enjoy the games and activities they used to. Many of the system’s activities allow two or more to participate together.

Whether the activities are for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke or any number of conditions resulting in physical or cognitive impairment, the Game & Activity Therapy System was designed to allow people with impaired ability to engage in activities and games more easily – enhancing the well-being of both the subject and the caregiver. It provides fun, engaging activities for seniors.

– Scott Silknitter