For seniors, friendships can have a significant impact on longevity. Numerous studies show that recovery from a major health challenge, such as a heart attack or cancer, is enhanced because of friendship. Repetitive research has discovered that social connections decrease the risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol.
One of the most extensive studies on the impact of friendship on senior health tracked more than 1500 seniors over a period of 10 years. Researchers at Flinders University in South Australia found that seniors with significant friendships in their lives were 22 percent more likely to live longer than those without close friends.
Although the researchers could not say for sure why having friends increased survival rates, they guessed that the reason had to do with reduced stress. Friends provide a deeper sense of connectedness with the world, and these feelings lead to reduced stress that may have a positive effect on the immune system.
A great way to make new friends is by staying involved in your community and participating in activities that provide the opportunity to meet new people. Residents of Shell Point Retirement Community enjoy a variety of recreational programs that includes everything from kayaking and tennis to continuing education and art classes. Discover Shell Point’s amenities for yourself by attending events that are open to the public. Visit http://shellpoint.org/events.php to sign up today.