Tuesday Chin Wag

Published: 22/05/2019

30th October 2018  10am – 12 noon If you feel like getting out, making new friends, having a chat and improving your wellbeing, then come along and join us.  Please contact the office for venue details. ALL WELCOME  Socialising can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental health. Did you know that connecting with friends may also boost your brain health and lower your risk of dementia? If you need reasons to help justify spending extra time lingering over coffee with a friend, or setting aside time in your busy schedule to connect with family…  

Research shows these main benefits of having an active social life:

You may live longer. People with more social support tend to live longer than those who are more isolated, and this is true even after accounting for your overall level of health.

You will enjoy better physical health. Social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults. This means that you are better able to fight off colds, the flu, and even some types of cancer.

You will enjoy better mental health. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. Research has shown that one sure way of improving your mood is to work on building social connections.

You may even lower your risk of dementia. More recently, there has been accumulating evidence that socializing is good for your brain health. People who connect with others generally perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive skills. And, in the long run, people with active social lives are less likely to develop dementia than those who are more socially isolated.