There are many studies linking social activity to successful aging. "Successful aging" can be a bit of a controversial term since what is deemed successful for one individual may not fit everyone's personal definition of success in terms of aging.
In most research studies, it is defined in medical related terms as meaning the absence and prevention of disease and disability (1). Of course, you may be want to use a definition that relates more to your impact on the world around you or how satisfying your life has been and still is at the current moment.
Whatever your definition is, there seems to be a connection with keeping up social engagement and staying healthy. It can be easy to become disengaged as we get older.
We tend to have smaller groups of close friends that we see often, compared to when we were in school, surrounded by our friends daily. Then work tends to become our main social activity and once retirement comes along, staying socially active can seem a bit more of a challenge.
This is why a newsletter like Suddenly 65 is a great resource. Sometimes we can forget what there is to do when it is not apart of our normal routine.
So we at DEFY AGING SOLUTIONS™ invite you to try something new this week!
Check out Max Izenberg's Suddenly 65 newsletter and buy tickets to a show, or see if there is an event going on this week that you could attend with some friends, or just invite some friends over and play a game of cards!
STAY SOCIAL = AGING WELL
1. Mendez de Leon, C.F. (2005) Social Engagement and Successful Aging. European Journal of Aging. 2 (1). 64-66