Healthy relationships with family and friends, and engaging in meaningful hobbies and social activities, are all vitally important throughout our lives. In fact, these activities are not only enjoyable, but the latest research shows that social engagement is very important to help us reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
There will always be times when we feel like being on our own, when we just want to blob out and recharge our batteries after a busy week, for example. Bouts of depression can cause us to unintentionally isolate ourselves from the outside world. During these periods we may find it hard to enjoy or even want to engage in our favourite hobbies.
However, when normally active and social people begin to withdraw and detach themselves from their social communities and things they’ve always loved doing, and depression has been ruled out, it may be time to visit a healthcare professional to make sure Alzheimer’s disease can be ruled out.