Birches seniors get social for second week of "Living It!"
Feb 10, 2016 8:39 AM -
With the second week of "Living It!" underway, the Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills is getting super social with Super Bowl parties, Mardi Gras parades and 1950s-themed Sock Hops. The Birches' four-week "Living It!" campaign encourages residents to try new activities related to the four elements of successful aging, with each week focused on one of the four elements: intellectual engagement, social interaction, physical activity or spiritual connection. Research shows that, no matter what your age, social interaction is a key component to a healthy and fulfilling life. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, for example, found that older women with larger social networks had a lower risk of cognitive impairment or dementia. But staying social as you get older isn't always easy. Retirement, the death of friends and family members, mobility issues and other life changes can easily lead to social isolation for older adults. As a result, it takes conscious effort, even for those living in communal environments like assisted living communities, to stay social.