Studies: Loneliness hampers good health

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With this year’s flu strain, loneliness and social isolation are shown to be part of a growing epidemic.

That’s according to Dr. Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.  He reported for the New York Times that socially isolated individuals often have abnormal immune responses.

Certainly, loneliness and social isolation don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand a recent article in the the two are equivalent in risk. New York Times by Jane E. Brody indicates that

“As research moves forward on these topics, scientists are gaining a more refined understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health,” Brody writes. “They are looking into factors like who is likely to be affected, and what kinds of interventions may reduce the risks.”

Based on her journaled research

While, Brody lays out some ideas for socially isolated and lonely adults, which can include taking a class, getting a dog, doing volunteer work and joining a senior center.

Because experts have also indicated that beginning a physical fitness program in a social setting can help in multiple ways as participants can work on feeling and looking great while interacting with like-minded individuals.

The health benefits of socializing are in abundance at Heritage

Due to, our seniors enjoy attending the senior programs in the region with numerous activities five days a week. This includes going on field trips and attending fitness classes. Our comprehensive and creative activities focus on the health benefits of social engagement.

Noteworthy, Heritage LifeFit Fitness has an expansive set of classes and regular events. They focus on the inclusive nature of socialized fitness. While non-members can check out our fitness classes for free during February! Members can enjoy these programs all year long for free.

Want to get social? Check out the most active senior social program in the High Desert here or contact our Director of Senior Programming Cindy Carroll for more information.

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