As we mentioned in our blog post, Staying Social the Home Care Way, isolation, according to some studies, can be as deadly as smoking. Take a look at these eye-opening results from several studies that support keeping socially active as a component to aging with good health.
Staying Social Reduces Risk of Disability
A Rush University Medical Center study reported higher levels of social activity are associated with a decreased risk of becoming disabled. Results showed that a person who reported a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of a disability involving activities of daily living than a person with a low level of social activity, and about 1.5 times as likely to remain free of disability involving instrumental activities of daily living or mobility.
Marked Reduction in Depression and Pain for Those with Greater Social Support
The Journal of Pain published a study that showed social support reduces pain and depression. A similar study showing the connection between social support and physical symptoms was published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
Be Social and Live Longer
Being socially active can contribute to the increase in the quality and length of life.
- Researchers in Australia followed senior citizens for 10 years. In people 70 years old and older, the risk of dying decreased by 20 percent when people had a strong network of friends. Having social interactions with friends provided a greater effect than interactions with family members.
- University College London followed 6,500 British people over the age of 52 from 2004 to 2012.Those that lacked social interaction were 26 percent more likely to die during the period than those with active social lives.
The proof that staying social as we age leads to greater health outcomes is in the pudding! Live Free Home Health Care can provide transportation, play games, schedule visits with friends, and provide recommendations for simple ways older adults can remain social online. Contact us to learn more!
Sources: SeniorJournal.com, Rush University Medical Center, U.S. News and World Report, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, The American Journal of Psychiatric Health, The Seattle Longitudinal Studies of adult intelligence, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences