by Judith Horstman
An active social life for older adults is critical to good health and emotional well-being. Having a social network not only improves quality of life, but it’s also good for your brain.
Friendship is a great investment for brain and body. It also lifts spirits, and that includes relationships with animal friends. Consider these benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure and inflammation, and thus heart disease and risk of stroke and other brain damage
- Improves immune system functioning, lowering risks from disease that could impact your brain
- Helps you take better care of your health, for the ones you care about if not for yourself
- Lowers or delays risk of memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease by keeping your brain active
- Relieves pain: Just holding hands with someone you care about lowers pain perception
Spend time with your friends today!