Benefits of Social Programming for Seniors


An active and positive social life is vital to both mental and physical health. Because of its benefits, social programming for seniors has continually increased in demand and popularity. Many senior communities offer a variety of amenities, classes, outings, and activities. There are different levels of social comfort – from social butterflies to the more conservative – all benefit when engaging with others and in enjoyable activities; it is important to overall health. Feeling comfortable with fellow residents and making new friends can make a world of difference in a senior living community, and in the well-being of your parent or loved one.

Although we have seen our residents live their life to the fullest through various groups and activities in our communities, there are hard facts and research to back us up. Below you’ll find a number of reasons why social programming is beneficial for older adults…


Adult children, families, and loved ones often worry their parent or loved one will begin to remove themselves from social activities. This doesn’t have to be the case - in fact, it shouldn’t be the case. When you discuss and explore senior living options, talk with your parent or loved one about what is important to them in a residential community, and what they might enjoy doing with others. Talk through the importance of social programming, trying new things, and why they should try to make friends – it will not only help their senior community feel like home, but it will make them happier and healthier.

To learn about what activities and social programming are available at senior communities, or what is right for you, talk to one of our housing specialists.

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Topics: Health & Well-Being

Anneliese Peterson

Written by Anneliese Peterson

As the Vice President of Operations, Anneliese Peterson manages the operations and services provided by Walker Methodist’s housing communities. This includes providing leadership and vision for each site in their effort to offer the highest quality customer service.

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