How to stay social

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Isolation and loneliness can negatively affect older adults’ physical and emotional health.

Isolation can lead to:

  • Higher risk of heart disease
  • Cognitive decline
  • Higher risk of anxiety and depression

Maintaining an active social life can help you stay healthy.

How to stay social:

  • Join a coffee group or book club
  • Stay in touch with family and friends and visit them regularly
  • Volunteer
  • Take a class
  • Join a fitness center
  • Schedule regular time with grandkids
  • Make phone calls, send mail and email

Don't forget your physical well-being.

Social interaction is most helpful with a health-minded lifestyle:

  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Engage in physical activity
  • Get plenty of sleep

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