The Importance of Social Support in Healthy Ageing

By May 31, 2023 No Comments

Social connection is an important human need that we all share. At Co.As.It., we strongly believe that feeling cared for, valued and a sense of belonging are all important parts of healthy ageing. Unfortunately, there are some barriers that can get in the way of people maintaining their social life while ageing. Difficulties in mobility, lack of motivation and physical health issues can all lead to social disconnection and isolation. If you or your loved one are struggling to stay socially active, then keep reading to find out three important ways you can improve your social life and better engage in healthy ageing!

  1. Join a Social Support Group

If you are looking to connect with local community members, make new friends and have more outings, then joining a Co.As.It. social support group would be the perfect option for you! At Co.As.It. we have a range of social support groups, that faciliate a range of activities including outings and bus trips, going to cinemas and restaurants, sharing meals, playing games and engaging in gentle exercise. Our social support groups meet once a week, with all transport organised and outings mostly subsidised. You can read more about our Active Ageing, Frail-Aged and Dementia-Specific Social Support Groups here.

  1. Connect with a volunteer or become a volunteer yourself!

Another way to stay socially active while ageing is to try volunteering! At Co.As.It., we run the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) where we link up volunteers with our community members and they meet once a fortnight to share in some social connection. Volunteering is an amazing way to give back to your community and build new relationships! On the flip side, receiving a visit from a volunteer is a wonderful way our elderly community members can stay socially connected and share their stories with someone, from the comfort of their own home. If you would like to investigate our CVS program, as either a volunteer or a recipient, then click here.

  1. Attend Social Events

Finally, a big part of healthy ageing is staying active socially by having a party every now and then! At Co.As.It., we believe in celebrating together, which is why we hold annual events for NSW Seniors Festival to bring our community together. This year, we hosted an Italian Concert which brought together the best of Italian music, singing, dancing and food. If you would like to keep in touch about future events with Co.As.It., then make sure to follow us on Facebook, or join our mailing list.

Connecting socially helps improve both our mental and physical health as we age. If you would like to learn more about how Co.As.It. can support you or your loved one in social support and healthy ageing, then feel free to call us on (02) 9564 0744 or contact us at