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May 17, 2024

Lifestyle and Wellness Update

Humans are social creatures. We crave connection, belonging, and the support of a strong social network. This isn't just a desire – it's a fundamental need with a profound impact on our health and well-being. Here's why finding your tribe and building strong social connections is a powerful investment in your overall health:

Stress Reduction and Emotional Well-being: Strong social connections act as a buffer against stress. Sharing your burdens with loved ones, having someone to listen without judgment, and feeling understood can significantly reduce stress hormones like cortisol. This lowers your risk of anxiety, depression, and other stress-related health problems.

Physical Health Benefits: Studies have shown that social isolation can be as detrimental to your health as smoking. Conversely, strong social connections can boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to illness. Social support can even influence health behaviors, encouraging you to make healthy choices and adopt positive habits alongside your tribe.

Increased Happiness and Longevity: Feeling connected and supported can significantly enhance your overall happiness and sense of well-being. Studies have linked strong social bonds to increased life expectancy, suggesting that a strong tribe can quite literally help you live longer.

A Sense of Purpose: Belonging to a group that shares your values or interests can provide a sense of purpose and belonging. This can be especially helpful during challenging times, offering encouragement and motivation to keep going.

Improved Cognitive Function: Social interaction keeps your brain sharp. Engaging in conversations, learning from others, and participating in stimulating activities with your tribe can help maintain cognitive function and may even reduce the risk of dementia later in life.

Building Resilience: Life throws curveballs. A strong social network provides a safety net. Knowing you have people who care about you and will support you through thick and thin can make it easier to cope with challenges and bounce back from setbacks.

How to Find Your Tribe:

  • Explore your interests: Join clubs, groups, or classes related to your hobbies and passions.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and meet like-minded people.
  • Reconnect with old friends: Reach out to people you've lost touch with and see if you can rekindle those connections.
  • Be open to new experiences: Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try new things. You never know who you might meet.
  • Nurture existing relationships: Invest time and effort in strengthening your bonds with close friends and family.


Remember, building a strong social network takes time and effort. Be patient, put yourself out there, and embrace the power of connection. At Shannondale we offer a wide variety of activities daily to cater to the broad interests represented on our campuses and assist you in finding your tribe. The health benefits of finding your tribe are undeniable – so start building yours today and reap the rewards of a happier, healthier life!

Shannondale of Maryville Prom

Residents and staff reveled in a joyous prom that filled everyone with happiness. These are the moments that define us - bringing joy and purpose to our residents.

Residents at Shannondale prom
Residents at Shannondale prom
Resident at Shannondale prom
Residents at Shannondale prom

Dining Update

Exciting News! Steven Lutz, a seasoned Executive Chef with over 30 years of experience, is now part of the Shannondale family. Join us in welcoming him. Steven will lead our culinary teams on the Maryville campus, bringing his expertise and ambition to enhance our culinary offerings. Let's make this journey together deliciously unforgettable!

Steven Lutz

Thank You For Your Support!

We look forward to a wonderful Summer at Shannondale!

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