Staying connected socially helps you stay connected mentally. Research shows that people who regularly interact with others maintain their brain function better than those who don’t. Socializing appears to have a protective effect that may help lessen your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Maintain old friendships and make new ones. Stay socially active through work, volunteer activities, travel, hobbies, family and friends. Be open to new experiences.
Staying active and involved with life sends healthy messages to your brain and body. Being involved with others also helps to reduce stress, boost mood and keep relationships strong.
Take Action to be Socially Active
- Accept invitations and extend a few of your own.
- Make the most of your daily opportunities to socialize – chat with your taxi driver or store clerk; make conversation in the elevator.
- Help someone out – practice a random act of kindness.
- Talk on the telephone or correspond via e-mail.
- Participate in service clubs, volunteer work, or join a hobby group.
- Combine social interaction with physical activity (such as a walk or a fitness class) or a brain-challenging activity (such as a book club discussion or attending a play) – and enjoy yourself while you positively impact your brain health.
- Laugh – smile at someone.
Note: Your abilities, health situation and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health-care provider.