"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Greater social interaction keeps older adults more energetic.

In newspapers

A robust social life is linked to many health advantages, akin to a lower risk of depression and longer life. But a brand new study suggests that interacting with a wider range of individuals can have even greater advantages.

This study was published on February 20, 2019. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciencesfound that older adults who interacted with people outside their usual social circle of family and shut friends were more prone to have higher levels of physical activity, more positive mood, and fewer negative feelings.

Researchers asked 300 adults aged 65 and over to record their activities and social encounters every three hours for one week. They also wore activity trackers to watch their movements. They found that individuals who had more diversity of their social interactions spent less time sedentary.

Reason? The scientists suggested that older adults may sit more once they are with close family and friends — for instance, watching TV together or relaxing at home — making them less prone to be around other people. Getting out of the home to have interaction with and thus be more. energetic

Photo: diego_cervo/Thinkstock