Prevention Pillar 6 - Active Social Life

Active Social Life

This is the sixth installment of the ‘Help to Reduce Your Risk and Protect You Brain’ series. The sixth prevention pillar that I will be writing about is an active social life.

Us as human beings are highly social creatures. We don’t thrive in isolation and neither do our brains. Studies show that the more connected we are, the better we fare on tests of memory and cognition. Staying socially active may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so make your social life priority.

As you become older, you become more isolated. There are many ways to keep you support system strong and develop new relations:

  • Volunteer
  • Take a group class
  • Visit your local community centre
  • Join a club or social group
  • Connect to others via social networks
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Reach out over the phone or email
  • Make a weekly date with friends
  • Get outside
  • Visit local attractions- Museum, cinema, shopping centre.

You need to remember to add all of the preventive pillars into your lifestyle to see the results. These pillars will help you reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.