Staying socially connected is essential at any stage of life but is of particular importance in the elderly. As we grow older, connections with family and friends tend to slip away, and for those in aged care, this can be quite isolating.
The lifestyle and activity program at Georges Estate is designed with connection at its heart, and we are proud to offer a range of activities and lifestyle options to support a rich and full life. It’s never too late in life to forge new friendships or pick up a new hobby, which is why our program supports the whole person and creates opportunities for learning and connection with others.
Here are the top 5 reasons why we believe community and social connection is essential in aged care…
Promotes emotional wellness
As we age, relationships and friendships change and sometimes slip away altogether. For those in residential aged care, this can be particularly isolating as they are not as active in their local communities as they once were. Feelings of loneliness, poor mental health, high levels of stress and poor quality of life are just some of the devastating effects that can occur. By participating in regular group activities including social outings, arts and crafts activities, cooking classes and exercise programs to name a few, emotional wellness can be supported wholly and those in aged care feel a real sense of belonging, and part of an inclusive community.
Important for identity
From religious to cultural affiliations, identity plays a large part in our ongoing health and happiness. Georges Estate recognises this and we are proud to offer not only a range of cultural pursuits such as music, film and literature, but ensure the individual interests, customs, beliefs and ethnic backgrounds are valued and respected. Various clergy visit our home regularly to conduct services.
Build new friendships
You can never have too many friends, and we love seeing new friendships forged at Georges Estate. Our lifestyle and activity program provides fun and entertainment, as well as opportunities to stay active and socialise. The program involves promoting engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities through understanding individual likes, interests, preferences, spiritual needs, community and social connections.
Learn new skills
One of the best things about a vibrant community life, is the opportunity to learn something new. We’re always adding new and exciting activities to our program for our residents, many of whom are always keen to give anything a go! Learning new skills and trying different things is great for the brain and the body and is something we place a lot of value in when creating opportunities for our family at Georges Estate.
Benefits the body too
Studies have shown that increased social interaction is hugely beneficial to physical health. Socially active seniors have a slower progression of health decline, lower blood pressure, better sleep patterns and lower stress levels. Whether it’s participation in our programs, time in the garden or social outings with others, the benefits of regular activity on the body are far reaching.
If you’d like to find out more about our lifestyle and community at Georges Estate, contact us.