Be socially active!
Be socially active!

Part 1: 7 Tips for Staying Socially Active

Staying connected socially helps you stay connected mentally. Research shows that regularly interacting with others may help reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Having an active social life also can reduce your stress, brighten your mood and keep your relationships strong.

  1. Accept invitations and extend a few of your own.
  2. Make the most of your daily opportunities to socialize – chat with your taxi driver or store clerk; make conversation in the elevator.
  3. Help someone – practice a random act of kindness.
  4. Talk on the telephone or correspond via e-mail.
  5. Participate in service clubs, volunteer work, or join a hobby group.
  6. 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.
  7. Laugh – smile at someone.

Note: Your abilities, health 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.

Source: Alzheimer Society of Canada