Friendship is important to older adults


Nina Chen, Ph.D., Human Development Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension

Many studies have shown the benefits of friendship on positive social, emotional and physical well-being. Having a strong circle of friends can be a good boost for aging hearts and can help the body’s autoimmune system resist disease. People who have one or more good friends are in better health than those who have only casual friends or no friends.

Because of physical changes, loss and retirement, friendship is very important for older people. In many cases, friends are as important as families. Many people turn to their friends first when they encounter crisis because of the distance of their family.

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