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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Nurturing Social Wellness As We Age

Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00  by Emily S.

From girls’ night to late nights at the office, fun vacations to work trips, as we age our priorities evolve and we spend less time nurturing our social wellness. Loneliness doesn’t just influence emotional health but can increase blood pressure, lower immunity and worsen cardiovascular disease. No matter how old we are, social interaction is a vital part of maintaining good mental health.

As we age we are likely to experience life-changing moments such as the death of a loved one, illness, retirement or no longer being needed in the role as caretaker. These factors lead to an increased risk for substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and lead many older adults to isolate themselves from loved ones and avoid social interaction. However, social contact and positive friendships play a major role in keeping older adults healthy, active and engaged in life. Many adults find pleasure in becoming part of their community by volunteering, taking a cooking class, or joining a book club.

Along with establishing healthy hobbies, women may benefit from the love, responsibility and companionship of adopting a pet. Many older women struggle with no longer feeling needed. For many years they filled the role of caretaker, but as their kids and grandkids grow into adults their guidance and support is needed less. Caring for an animal repairs a woman’s sense of responsibility, and boosts her mood and self-worth while lowering anxiety and depression.

Growing old should be celebrated, because the truth is not everyone gets the chance to. Continued happiness and healthy aging is rooted in emotional, mental, physical and social wellness. By leaving no stone unturned, women are able to enter this new chapter of life with renewed excitement, hope and strength.

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