Social Seniors Enjoy Better Health
Older adults who spend time interacting with a wide range of people are more likely to have healthy lifestyles. Researchers interviewed 313 adults ages 65 and older about their interactions with the 10 people closest to them. The subjects then filled out surveys for five to six days, detailing their activities. They also wore electronic devices that measured their physical activity. Those who reported more time spent with people overall—whether family members, close friends, casual friends, service providers, or even strangers—tended to be more physically active and to have better moods. The study didn’t prove cause and effect, but the researchers note that spending time with people often involves at least some activity. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to expand your social circle. Try volunteering, taking a class, or attending a house of worship.
Source: Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, published online Feb. 20, 2019