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Activities are important, Really

Posted on December 14, 2011

It is known that providing interesting and enjoyable nursing home activities is essential to the physical, emotional and mental health of the seniors living there. But there might be even more here:

According to the Public Library of Science Medicine, loneliness, as a health risk factor, is twice as detrimental as being obese, and equal to the risk of smoking cigarettes and alcoholism. Less frequent participation in social activities is associated with a more rapid rate of motor decline in old age.[2] And, according to the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, over an average of five years, seniors who were the most socially active experienced only one-fourth the rate of cognitive decline compared to those with the lowest levels of social activity.

All the more reasons to understand the value of activity directors!!