Assisted living activities encourage social interaction

While many people believe that older adults prefer to stay at home as they age, The Herald-Dispatch reports that assisted living facilities are becoming increasingly favored among retirement-age individuals.

One of the biggest reasons for the growth in popularity is that many facilities offer a wide array of organized group activities.

Assisted living activities encourage social interaction The news source highlighted one in particular - an annual antique car show that provides the residents with an opportunity to socialize as well as enjoy beautiful automobiles.

"This is the second year that I've been involved with these old cars coming here, and I've enjoyed it both times. These car shows also provide the general public with an opportunity to visit these senior communities and see how they operate," Jack Deakin, 82-year-old community resident, told the news source.

Social interaction is certainly an integral part of everyone's mental health, but it is especially important in the elderly. According to WebMD, late-life depression effects as many as 6 million adults over the age of 65. Despite the widespread prevalence, only 10 percent of older adults with depression receive treatment as the symptoms can sometimes be hard to notice.

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