Researchers have shown that loneliness in people age 60 and older is a predictor of functional decline and death. According to the study, chronic loneliness is connected to a host of health concerns (high blood pressure, coronary disease, etc.). And interestingly, many of those who reported being lonely were married or living with someone; alone does not mean you are lonely. For those seeking to age with grace or keeping a watchful eye on a elder in the family, this article is highly informative. The bottom line I took from the article was to find ways to connect with other people. Focus on medical measurements is important, but relationships, quality ones, play a very important role in our lives. Don't neglect connections with others.
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So it seems perfect that this evening I will be joining a group of women for an annual evening out at American Players Theater in Spring Green. Annual traditions, good food, culture, the outdoors, and female friends -- its just what the doctor ordered (or should have). Enjoy your weekend, and I'll be back Monday with more thought on illness, death and taxes for the middle class.