The Happenings at AVIA!
My name is Kimberly Johnson, and I am the Resident Services Director at AVIA Senior Living! I am so excited to share with you weekly some of the happenings here at AVIA!
AVIA is almost full! We welcome new residents this month – Carol C. and Phyllis C.! In the next month we will be welcoming two new residents as well – Elizabeth W. and Keith G.! We are so happy you have joined our AVIA family! Welcome Home!!!
Welcoming new residents is the perfect opening to discuss socialization. It’s so important for seniors to socialize and engage with others on a daily basis. We recognize this at AVIA and try to integrate each resident for our events and activities as often as possible. I found a wonderful article that discusses the importance of socializing for seniors. Please enjoy this excerpt…
Psychological Benefits of Socialization for Aging Adults
When it comes to older adult health, experts in the field are quick to share best practices and advice on maintaining physical wellness, utilizing habits such as a good diet, exercise, balance and flexibility training and more. Occasionally, keeping an active social life is included in this list for its potential to get seniors moving and improving cognitive health. Although these benefits of social activity are great, socialization has so much more to offer aging adults. “Socialization is like the secret ingredient that makes a healthy senior lifestyle come together,” says Michael Rambarose, President and CEO of Whitney Center, a Life Care community in Hamden, CT. “Although, its psychological benefits shouldn’t be kept secret. We encourage the seniors that we serve and work with to make their social lives a priority. The people and loved ones we share life with can give everything else we do more meaning.” Are you curious about how staying social can benefit your psychological well-being? We invite you to read on and learn more.
5 Worthwhile Benefits of Socialization
Socializing – and the meaningful connections it creates – has many more benefits than getting you out of the house or keeping your brain stimulated, though this benefit can’t be overstated. Experts have proven that socialization among older adults not only keeps the brain sharp, but it can even decrease the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to the cognitive health benefits, socialization provides important, life-enriching psychological benefits as well, such as:
Improved Mental Health
Many aging adults are at risk of being isolated, which is one of the leading causes of depression among seniors. Isolation and loneliness can elicit feelings of despair or worthlessness. Socialization combats these depressive situations and allows people to feel loved and valued. The people we interact with and the activities we do in society affirm our sense of worth. When you spend time with others, you not only avoid isolation, but you also have plenty of opportunities to keep a healthy mental state and positive outlook.
Sense of Belonging
Feeling like we belong somewhere is just as important during our senior years as it was during adolescence. It’s important to know that we have people to whom we can turn to share life’s ups and downs. Especially for those who may have lost a close friend or a spouse, the need to belong could feel more intense. Socializing with other people can help cultivate new friendships and lasting bonds as you participate in meaningful life events together.
It’s common for self-esteem to dwindle as we experience the difficulties of aging. We can feel embarrassed or frustrated with ourselves when we have trouble doing as much as we used to. However, the more we socialize and join in activities with other people, the more we benefit from feeling as though we still contribute to our communities. Positive interactions of any kind help us feel more confident in ourselves as we learn to recognize the important traits and talents that don’t disappear with age.
We all need others to hold us accountable at some point in our lives. For aging adults, their social circles can act as accountability partners to ensure they continue to take care of themselves. If we keep to ourselves, it’s easy to slip into bad habits of declining self-care. Socializing, on the other hand, gives us reasons to keep up with self-care and prioritize our personal health.
When we have somewhere to go, something important to do and people to see, it helps us feel like our lives have purpose. A robust social life can help us get up in the morning with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead. The strong connections we have with others create meaning in our lives, giving us a greater sense of fulfillment just by being close to each other. Spending quality time with those we care about reminds us that life is worthwhile.
New Season, New Recipe Ideas!
Parmesan Spring Chicken
- 1 egg white
- 5 tbsp finely grated parmesan
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 400g new potatoes , cut into small cubes
- 140g frozen peas
- good handful baby spinach leaves
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
Heat grill to medium and line the grill pan with foil. Beat the egg white on a plate with a little salt and pepper. Tip the parmesan onto another plate. Dip the chicken first in egg white, then in the cheese. Grill the coated chicken for 10-12 mins, turning once until browned and crisp.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 10 mins, adding the peas for the final 3 mins, then drain. Toss the vegetables with the spinach leaves, vinegar, oil and seasoning to taste. Divide between four warm plates, then serve with the chicken.
Upcoming fun at AVIA
We will welcome Tanisha on Thursday for manicures and pedicures. She will be on site from 8a-2p! See Kim if you would like to schedule an appointment. This is a self-pay event.
Please join us for a blood pressure clinic on Wednesday at 3p in the Gathering Room!
Don’t miss Trivia on Sunday with Patrick at 2p followed by Ice Cream Social at 3p!!!
Next week we will venture out to Olive Garden for lunch on Tuesday, April 19th! See Kim if you would like to be added to list! This is a self-pay event.