Study: For the Elderly, Staying Connected Is Staying Healthy There have been numerous studies over the years which have shown a wide range of health benefits to staying socially connected and regularly interacting with others. Recently, researchers in California released the results of a study which highlight just how important staying socially connected can be, especially for the elderly. According to the recently released study by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, seniors who don't have regular social interactions and who feel lonely or isolated are much more likely to die than seniors who are satisfied with their social lives. This study surveyed more than 1,600 participants over a six-year period between 2002 and 2008. The researchers asked the study participants a series of questions every two years about how they felt about their social lives and whether they ever felt lonely. They also asked about the general health of each participant and whether they had experienced any new medical problems. The results showed that seniors who reported that they sometimes felt lonely were approximately 45 percent more likely to die during the study than participants who made no such declarations. Those same participants who reported feelings of isolation and loneliness were also about 60 times more likely to have health conditions which decreased their ability to care for themselves. This study provides further evidence for the need to remain socially active as a senior. Prior research has shown that loneliness can decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, lead to an increased risk of heart disease and is as dangerous a health risk as obesity and even smoking. Experienced estate planning attorneys Fayetteville AR of the Deborah Sexton Law Office PA offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Fayetteville AR. To learn more about these free resources, please visit http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com today.
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