Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Staying Socially Active Can Reduce Wellbeing Decline in Later Life

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Staying Socially Active Can Reduce Wellbeing Decline in Later Life

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A decline in wellbeing is common in later life, but new research published by the American Psychological Association has shown that this can be prevented by staying socially active throughout one's life.

The study, led by Denis Gerstorf at the University of Humboldt, used data from 2,900 now deceased patients from the nationwide German Socio-Economic Panel Study - a nationally representative annual longitudinal survey of around 30,000 adults residing in the former West Germany and East Germany between the 1980s and 2013. Participants in the survey provided information on a number of factors from health and satisfaction to employment and earnings. The study asked participants to answer questions regarding their wellbeing, participation in social activities and social and family goals during the last few years of life.

The research showed that where family goals were not important in establishing a higher level of wellbeing in later life, social goals and being socially active were associated with higher wellbeing. …

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