Social Activity

Regular social activity is good for brain health 

Participating in social activities and being connected with your community, family and friends seems to be good for your heart and your brain.  Doing more of this is associated with a lower risk of dementia.

Interacting with other people exercises your brain and builds connections between brain cells.  So it contributes to your brain reserve and protects you against dementia.

Be social in ways that you enjoy and by doing activities that interest you.  Find opportunities to mix with others in ways that you are comfortable with.

The following pages explain the evidence that shows social activity is important and provide some ideas for remaining socially connected as part of a healthy lifestyle.

What is the evidence? – how do we know that social activity is important and how does it work?

Stay socially engaged – tips and ideas for enjoying a brain healthy social life


Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.


Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.



Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.