The Brain and Social Connectedness: GCBH Recommendations on Social Engagement and Brain Health

Staying socially engaged with a wide circle of friends and family may help maintain our thinking skills and slow cognitive decline as we age, according to a report released 14th February 2017 by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH).

“We know that loneliness and social isolation can increase physical health risks for older people,” said Sarah Lock, AARP Senior Vice President for Policy, and GCBH Executive Director. “The GCBH’s consensus that people who are socially engaged have a lower risk for cognitive decline shows us just how important social connections are to brain health.”

The report provides helpful suggestions about the things we can do to improve the quality of our relationships with family and friends, which may be beneficial in maintaining our mental abilities.

Tips for Improving Social Engagement:

  • Cultivate social connections with people of different ages, including younger people.
  • Join a club or take a class to meet new people.
  • Visit, call, or email regularly with relatives, friends, and neighbors.
  • Volunteer, or visit a lonely neighbor or friend.

For more information on the GCBH, and the latest report on Social Engagement and Brain Health, please click here.

To download the full report with the Council's recommendations and tips, please click here.