Prevention: Social Interaction
Social interaction is an important factor in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Studies have shown people with regular social contact are less likely to get dementia and that social interaction may help delay the progression of dementia.
Making regular social contact with friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances requires us to converse, to engage in activities together, and to think about topics we may not think of independently - these are all activities that help our brains stay active. Connecting with others also helps people feel less isolated. Inviting someone out for breakfast, volunteering in our communities, attending religious services, visiting senior centers and engaging in social clubs are all ways to stay socially active.
An important advantage to being socially active is also that friends and fun can help us feel less stress. Chronic, long-term stress is another risk factor for dementia, so being socially active is a lifestyle habit that can help build brain health in two ways.