Why socialization is so important for seniors
- by Cameron Oglesby
Socialization – relating with one another and building a network of relationships – is something most people associate with infancy and childhood. It’s an essential part of infants’ personality formation and in learning how to “work and play well with others” not only in childhood, but throughout adult life.
But as we age, our network of relationships narrows, turning inward and focusing on family members. When we lose a spouse or partner or become hampered with physical or cognitive challenges, that network can fray or even shatter. It’s easy to shrug this off as just another side effect of old age and to assume that this is just how life unfolds.
Easy, perhaps, but wrong.