Get a “50% boost in longevity”

I encountered validation for my New Year’s resolution (see one blog before this) — to renew or keep up connections with former co-workers and friends I met through work — from an unlikely source:  “Scientific American.”  The bold headline in a July 28, 2010 article, which was carried by another blog on “,” announces, “Social Ties Boost Survival by 50%.”

The opening sentence reads, “A meta-study covering more than 300,000 participants across all ages reveals that adults get a 50 percent boost in longevity if they have a solid social network.”  Unlike a lot of health-related research we read, which one month makes the claim that eating some food products may prevent diabetes, cancer and heart disease and we find two months later that these weren’t quite as effective as someone thought and that we really should be eating something else even more miraculous, this study is “based on more than 100 years of research.”  And surely 100 years of study showing “that having a healthy social life is incredibly important to staying physically healthy” can’t be wrong.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to Get a “50% boost in longevity”

  1. Silvia says:

    Ok, ok, ok… you convinced me with this one. Let’s get together! 🙂

  2. i think, at it’s best, facebook has the potential to undo our basic assumption that our lives and our social networks are linear. there is something very healthy about a line that connects itself. one doesn’t need a meta study to comprehend how vital connection is to our sense of joy. i’m glad you are finding your own voice, anne, it’s a brilliant and beautiful voice.

    cameron clark

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