Social and emotional connections

FourthEstate
January 8, 2021

By Rachel Allen, Dementia Carers Count

Generally we are social creatures, and need to feel loved and have a sense of belonging. Social and emotional connections can have a range of benefits for our mental and physical health.

The benefits of social and emotional connection

The importance of belonging

Research has found that a sense of belonging to a group or community can help protect against depression and improve cognition in older people as well as improving physical health.

What next?

There are many ways to maintain and improve social connections:

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Maintaining social connections is important for quality of life and supporting mental health, for you and the person you care for
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