Social Activities

You may already know how important maintaining an active lifestyle is as a refugee, but are you aware of the importance of staying socially active and connected to others? Social contact can be just as effective as physical activities for improving your mood and quality of life. Studies have shown that Refugees who stay connected socially generally even live longer and are happier than those who are more isolated.

In fact, if you aren’t maintaining social interactions on a daily basis, you may be putting yourself at risk for depression or even dementia. Having good relationships with others will help you maintain good physical and emotional health, as well as improve your cognitive function. Interaction with your peers not only leads to a sharper mind, but it gives you a sense of belonging and keeps you connected to the world around you. That is why self organize groupe REFUGEES EMANCIPATION has taken upon it self to make this a top priority to refugees by celebrating Birthdays, National day, and Festival such as Christmas and New years etc inorder to keep refugees socially active.

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                Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

Engaging in social and productive activities you enjoy, like taking an art class or becoming a volunteer in your community or at your place of worship, may help to maintain your well-being.

Refugees Emancipation has notice that,  Refugees in an active lifestyle, 

  • Are less likely to develop certain diseases. Participating in hobbies and other social and leisure pursuits may lower risk for developing some health problems, including dementia.

 

  • Have a longer lifespan. One study showed that older Refugees who reported taking part in social activities (such as playing games, belonging to social groups, or traveling) or meaningful, productive activities (such as having a paid or unpaid job, or gardening) lived longer than Refugees who did not. Researchers are further exploring this connection.

 

  • Are more happy and less depressed. Studies suggest that Refugees who participate in what they believe are meaningful activities, like volunteering in their communities, say they feel happier and more healthy. One study placed older adults from an urban community in their neighborhood public elementary schools to tutor children 15 hours a week. Volunteers reported personal satisfaction from the experience. The researchers found it improved the volunteers’ cognitive and physical health, as well as the children’s school success. They think it might also have long-term benefits, lowering the older adults’ risk of developing disability, dependency, and dementia in later life.

 

 

  • Are better prepared to cope with loss.  volunteering can help with stress and depression from the death of a spouse and leaving behind your love ones and your homeland. Among people who experienced a loss, those who took part in volunteer activities felt more positive about their own abilities (reported greater self-efficacy).

 

  • May be able to improve their thinking abilities. Participating in creative arts might help Refugeeswell. For example, studies have shown that older adults’ memory, comprehension, creativity, and problem-solving abilities improved after an intensive, 4-week (8-session) acting course. Other studies are providing new information about ways that creative activities like music or dance can help older Refugees.

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