Why it’s Relevant
Social participation is strongly connected to a person’s good health and wellbeing throughout life.
Participating in leisure, social, and cultural activities in the community, as well as with the family, allows older people to maintain or establish supportive and caring relationships. It fosters social integration and is the key to staying informed.
Conversely, a lack of such social networks can have very negative impacts in terms of both health and wellbeing. The health risks of poor social integration are understood to be comparable with those of smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. Loneliness and social isolation increase the risk of depression and mental health difficulties, as well as cognitive decline.
Age Friendly City and County Programmes work to support older people to participate in the social and cultural life of the communities through a diverse range of affordable, accessible, inclusive events and activities.