HUMANS are social creatures, so it’s no surprise that getting together with a group of mates has been linked to positive health and wellness outcomes.
Men’s Health Week runs from June 14 to 20 this year and the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is encouraging all men to book in a date with their mates.
“You’re never too old to get something out of having a group of friends – whether they’ve been around forever and a day, or they’re new connections,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.
With ageing comes an increasing importance in staying connected to people and to communities, but equally this connection can become increasingly challenging. Physical health and the move away from work and family commitments can easily lead to becoming socially isolated.
“The empirical evidence is clear. Social participation is positively linked to mental wellbeing and quality of life, particularly in older people,” said Mr Helmers.
Prevention is better than a cure, when it comes to health and wellness, to reap the most benefit from social participation, people have to be proactive about seeking and maintaining meaningful social engagement.
Regardless of age, meaningful social participation is a platform for good health and wellbeing for everyone.