-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
When seniors lose the desire to be social with their family and friends, their motor skills decline rapidly. This survey was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. While physical activity is good for seniors, social activity is also helpful in preventing motor skills from declining. Previous research shows that a lack of social activity can lead to harmful health affects like dementia, disability, and death.
Participants in the survey were asked to fill out forms indicating their level of participation in social activities, which were then converted to a point level. Researchers would check up on the participants annually, by checking their motor function. These participants were followed for five years. One point decrease in social activity lead to a 33% decline in motor skills.
This study shows that physical activity is only one aspect of staying healthy. It is equally important to continue engaging in social
activities, whether it’s with family or friends.