Friends are as important as exercise and a healthy diet - and research can attest to it! Having that social connection wards off loneliness and depression, both of which can cause high blood pressure and immune system suppression. According to a University of California, San Francisco study, loneliness is a common predictor of early death for those over the age of 60. Having friends and close connections not only improves your quality of life, it simply makes each day more enjoyable.
When some make the transfer to a retirement living community, they move away from good friends. However, distance can't separate companions - especially with all of the technology that we have, such as video chatting, emailing, Facebook and texting. Even when you're far apart, your friends can be there for you. The following quote really expresses the fact that no matter how much time has passed or how far apart you are, your friendship can remain strong and resilient.
"It seems they had always been, and would always be, friends. Time could change much, but not that." -Winnie the Pooh
Just because life changes doesn't mean that your relationships have to change along with it. Find time to reconnect with the special people in your life. Try sending them a quick email, or scheduling 10 minutes to chat with them via video. You can also stick to the old fashioned method of snail mail. After all, who doesn't love receiving a letter in the mail?
With the ups and downs that come along with everyday life, we are so lucky to have friends to rely on throughout all of it. Always grasp the opportunity to make new friends as well. At Bonaventure Senior Living, you can attend happy hour, grab coffee with your neighbors or meet someone in an exercise class - there are always ways to connect with those around you.