Having close friends may keep you happy and healthy
Maybe the case of the television show “I Love Lucy” was on to something. A few crazy schemes aside, Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred were on the right track with their close-knit friendship. A recent study shows that having a good group of friends around may be even more important than family for a long and healthy life.
Researchers throughout the United States followed nearly 1,500 people over the age of 70 for 10 years and found that people with the strongest network of good friends lived longer than those with the fewest close friends. Those beneficial effects of friendship on prolonging life remained significant throughout the decade, even when people were confronted by profound changes, such as the death of a spouse or family member, or when friends moved away. Researchers say friends may exert a healthy influence on potentially risky behaviors like smoking and drinking, as well as have important effects on mood, self-esteem, and coping in times of difficulty. The results appeared in the June 2005 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
This is great news for those in the Senior Dining Program. Diners receive, along with a nutritious, balanced meal, a great way to socialize with peers and stay connected with friends. Our facilities promote this healthy socialization and continued community involvement in a very relaxed, pleasant setting. Senior Dining also offeres referrals to important information, provides entertainment, and presents educational information to those in attendance.
Each year, Catholic Charities serves more than 360,000 noon meals, Monday through Friday, to hungry seniors. For a complete listing of Catholic Charities Senior Dining sites across Central Minnesota, call them at (320) 229-4584, or visit their website at www.
Partially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging as part of the Older American’s Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud.